City Cave Zen

TheGatelessBarrier

by dogo

My friend Jikai Lonna Kelley has been practicing with Joshu’s No, the first koan of The Gateless Barrier. Here is the koan:

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by dogo

At last Sunday's sangha meeting, we discussed the first koan of The Gateless Gate. Koans are normally asked and answered in dokusan, private meetings between student and teacher, but the word actually means “public case,” and I thought it might be interesting to experiment with the type of discussion that was probably more similar to how koans were originally practiced. It went well, so we'll continue to do it.

#zen #koans #mumonkan #TheGatelessGate #TheGatelessBarrier #JoshusNo #DogoGraham

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