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Rupert NY Meetup on Thursday

Jacques Van E.
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New York, NY
Hello everybody,

Hope you are all doing well. Looks like interest in our meetings is waning. C'est la vie ...

We will meet this Thursday March 21st. Usual time 7 - 9 pm. But next week March 28th will be "off" for Easter ...

This week's poem is from Zen's Gateless Gate (case 28). Hope you'll enjoy.


Blow Out the Candle

Tokusan was studying Zen under Ryutan. One night he came to Ryutan and asked many questions. The teacher said: "The night is getting old. Why don't you retire?"

So Tokusan bowed and opened the screen to go out, observing: "It is very dark outside."
Ryutan offered Tokusan a lighted candle to find his way. Just as Tokusan received it, Ryutan blew it out. At that moment the mind of Tokusan was opened.

"What have you attained?" asked Ryutan. "From now on," said Tokusan, "I will not doubt the teacher's words."

Jacques’ addition

The moment that the candle was extinguished and that it became pitch dark, Tokusan noticed his awareness still shining, just the same.

And you, do you disappear when thoughts disappear? Do you vanish when falling asleep? Or are you shining on?
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