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Public Vegetarian Dinner, Mediation Instruction Class and Kong-an Interviews

Wednesday December 18 - 5:30PM: Public vegetarian dinner followed by meditation instruction class at 6:30PM. Also at 6:30PM special chanting begins in the main Dharma Room followed by regular chanting at 7:00PM. There will also be two sitting periods this evening with walking meditation in between and kong-an interviews with José Ramírez, JDPSN.


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  • Kwan H.

    It is not necessary for you to do koan practice. After chanting or orientation you could just do meditation practice. But here is one of the koans in our school -
    Jo Ju’s Dog
    A monk once asked Jo Ju, “Does a dog have Buddha-nature?”
Jo Ju answered, “Mu!” (No)
    1. Buddha said everything has Buddha-nature. Jo Ju said a dog has no Buddha-nature. Which one is correct?
    2. Jo Ju said, “Mu!” What does this mean?
    3. I ask you, does a dog have Buddha-nature?
    Commentary: Silence is better than holiness, so opening your mouth is a big mistake. But if you use this mistake to save all beings, this is Zen.

    December 17, 2013

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