Is it bad to cling to or preserve ideas of past and future? I don’t think Master Joshu wants us to judge them. My guess is that he wants us to just see what it is we believe and hold on to… and then investigate thoroughly. Here is a Dharma Talk I gave at the Village Zendo on October 29th, 2015. I discuss the classic Zen ko-an “The Ultimate Path is Without Difficulty” case 2 from The Blue Cliff Record. Joshu asks us to avoid picking and choosing. In this talk I look at the situation in Fukushima Japan as an example of a place that does not abide in clarity or discrimination. I also mention a workshop hosted at the Zendo called “The Order Of Disorder”
Here is the verse from the ko-an:
The Ultimate Path is without difficulty,
The speech is to the point, the words are to the point.
In one there are many kinds.
In two there is no duality.
On the horizon of the sky the sun rises and the moon sets.
Beyond the balustrade the mountains deepen and the waters grow chill.
When the skulls consciousness is exhausted, how can joy remain?
In a dead tree the dragon’s murmurs are not yet gone.
Picking and choosing? Clarity? You see for yourself