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Green Koans Case 31: Daito’s Raincoat

CASE #31: Daito’s Raincoat Daito Kokushi wrote a short verse about the rain: No umbrella, getting soaked,I’ll just use the rain as my raincoat. BACKGROUND Daito Kokushi     A Japanese Zen master of the Rinzai sect, Daito (1282-1337) was the founder of Daitoku-ji Monastery, one of Japan’s most influential temples. Established as “National Teacher” by […]

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Green Koans Case 61: The Naked Dharma

CASE #61: The Naked Dharma Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen taught: Even if you do not search or study anything, the natural state is always with you from the limitless beginning. There is nothing to lose and nothing to find. If you search yourself can you find it? Therefore you should not speak about searching for the […]

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Green Koans Case 60: Dōgen’s To-Do List

CASE #60: Dōgen’s To-Do List Dōgen Zenji wrote himself a reminder: To study the Buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies […]

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Green Koans Case 58: Tōhta’s Haunted Sea

CASE #58:    Tōhta’s Haunted Sea A poem by the modern avant-guarde haiku poet Kaneko Tōhta reads: In the blue sea wherecormorants and hungry ghostshave already swum BACKGROUND:Kaneko Tōhta      Tōhta (b. 1919) is one of the most important modern Japanese haiku masters, known for his bold, often surrealistic experimental style and for his humanistic approach to […]

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Green Koans Case 57: Shakyamuni’s Ignorant Man

CASE #57:    Shakyamuni’s Ignorant Man In the Dhammapada, Shakyamuni Buddha says: The ignorant man is an ox. He grows in size, not in wisdom. BACKGROUND: Dhammapada     One of the best known texts in the Theravada canon, and embraced by a plurality of Buddhist sects in all traditions, the Dhammapada is said to contain the authentic […]

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Green Koans Case 56: No Fence to the West

CASE #56:    No Fence to the West Kyoshin, who settled in Kako, built no fence to the west: toward the Land of Bliss the gate lay open. Nor, befittingly, did he enshrine an image of worship; he kept no sacred books. In appearance not a monk nor yet worldly, he faced the west always, saying […]

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Green Koans Case 55: Kashyapa’s Preaching Sign

CASE #55:    Kashyapa’s Preaching Sign Ananda asked Kashyapa: “Buddha gave you the robe of succession. What else did he give you?Kashyapa said: “Ananda.”Ananda answered: “Yes, brother.”Said Kashyapa: “Now you can take down my preaching sign and put up your own.” BACKGROUND:Ananda     Shakyamuni’s nephew, Ananda joined the community at age 12 and became the Buddha’s personal […]

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Green Koan Case 54: Nichiren’s One-Eyed Turtle

CASE #54:    Nichiren’s One-Eyed Turtle Nichiren Daishonin wrote: “This is as rare as the one-eyed turtle finding a suitable hollow in a floating sandalwood log, or a thread lowered from the heavens passing through the eye of a needle on earth. How wondrous!” BACKGROUND: Nichiren Daishonin     Nichiren (1222 – 1282) is the founder of the […]

By Clark Strand