City Cave Zen

glasgow

drawing by oh pandah in his big heids style showing a zen monk in a black robe and orange camouflage rakusu and a glaswegian rendering of the buddha's 4 noble truthsArt by Oh Pandah, text by dubh

Dear Sangha,

This year, let’s practice together as though it’s a matter of life and death… because it is.

Nine Bows,

Dogo

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by Dogo

Article by me at Buddhistdoor Teahouse

Most Zen monks in the west only wear their robes for ceremonial purposes. But I've found that when I'm on my way to or from the zendo and wearing my robes, strangers in the street will approach me, wanting to talk. It's not usually that they're interested in Buddhism, it's that they're lonely and feel isolated and need someone to talk to, and the robes give them an invitation, or maybe just an excuse, an icebreaker.

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by Dogo

If this answer was presented to me by a Zen student in dokusan, I would likely accept it if they could also answer some checking questions.

Next koan: Who is the true person of no rank who comes and goes through the gates of your face?

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