Monday, 25 July 2016

Joshu Sasaki



Kevin Hunt told me this story about a visit Joshu Sasaki made to the Trappist monastery in Spencer, Massachusetts: “Now he had spoken about koan practice and how it was used. And he said: ‘I give a koan. To everybody. Same koan to everybody.’ And he had noticed when we start our chanting, we make the sign of the cross. And he said: ‘Hmm. Hmm. Good practice. Oh, that’s a good practice. That’s a good practice.’ His English was not very good. So he said: ‘Koan. Mmm.’ He leaned over to me, ‘What do you call that, brother?’ I said, ‘That’s the sign of the cross.’ ‘Ah! Sign cross. Mmm. Good practice. Strong practice. Mmm. Koan: How do you realize God sign cross? Meditate on that until I come back.’ So I did.”

[Joshu Sasaki – Cypress Trees in the Garden: 15, 16-19, 26, 39, 40-42, 43, 44 – 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51-53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60-61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 83, 89-90, 91, 92, 104, 107, 111, 112-14, 121, 123, 133, 146, 201, 202, 220, 286, 313, 316-17, 318, 381, 393, 414, 436]

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