Kōan 42: My Heart Burns Like Fire

Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life. In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate. Retire at a regular hour. Partake of food at regular intervals. Eat with moderation and never to the … Continue reading Kōan 42: My Heart Burns Like Fire

Kōan 40: Mokusen’s Hand

Mokusen Hiki was living in a temple in the province of Tamba. One of his adherents complained of the stinginess of his wife. Mokusen visited the adherent’s wife and showed her his clenched fist before her face. “What do you mean by that?” asked the surprised woman. “Suppose my fist were always like that. What would you call it?” he asked. “Deformed,” replied the woman. … Continue reading Kōan 40: Mokusen’s Hand

Weekly Wrap 1/5/19

This week has been especially interesting for me now that I’m getting used to my new job. I’m actually working in a casino, and it’s been a mix of stress-filled and entertaining with a hint of total exhaustion. Fortunately as things become more familiar to me it’s also becoming somewhat enjoyable. But as far as posts have gone this week Things started off with a … Continue reading Weekly Wrap 1/5/19

Kōan 38: Learning to Be Silent

The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence. On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: “Fix … Continue reading Kōan 38: Learning to Be Silent