Thursday, October 3, 2013

KOAN: Beiko's No Enlightenment

Dhr. Seven, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly with Roshi Jeff Albrizze (, Book of Equanimity, Case 62; ZCLA (; Alan Watts( Radio)
Zen is a Mahayana school that developed in China during the 6th century as Chán (jhana). Zen spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea, and east to Japan (
Kipp Ryodo Hawley (left), Lorraine Gesho Kumpf, John Heart Mirror Trotter, Mark Shogen Bloodgood, George Mukei Horner, ZCLA at special open house service (Wisdom Quarterly)
The primary meaning of Bodhidharma's principle muddled Emperor Wu's head.
The non-dual [Mahayana Buddhism adopted the Brahminical, Vedic, Hindu concept of Advaita rather than keeping to what the historical Buddha taught] Dharma gate of Vimalakirti made Manjushri's speech go wrong.
Is there anything here of enlightenment to enter and use?

Master Beiko sent a monk to ask Kyozan, "Do people these days have to attain enlightenment?"
Kyozan replied, "It's not that there's no enlightenment,
But how can one not fall down into the second level?"*
The monk related this to Beiko, who wholeheartedly approved it.
Kwannon in the garden (WQ)
The second level divides enlightenment and rends delusion.
Better to promptly let go and discard traps and snares.
Merit, if not yet extinguished, becomes an extra appendage.
It is as difficult to know wisdom as to bite one's navel.
The waning moon's icy disk; autumn dew weeps.
Benumbed birds, jeweled trees, dawn's breeze chills.
Bringing it out, great Kyozan discerns true and false.
Completely without flaw, the splendid jewel is priceless.
Outside the "Gateless Gate" of the uber urban Zen Center, Los Angeles (WQ)

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