Category: Koans

Postings regarding Koan Gatherings or Koan Study

Standing at the Blue Cliff DVD

Standing at the Blue Cliff : The Enlightenment Talks A limited edition DVD Scenes from an extraordinary retreat with two Zen masters, and a chance to support our ongoing work. In Autumn 2012, Zen koan masters John Tarrant and Joan…

Practice Period, 2016

SMS Practice Period, 2016 Dear Springs Mountain Sangha, Here’s to Winter! Over the Fall months, a number of you have expressed a desire to deepen, to strengthen your Zen practice. As we take our first steps into Winter, we are…

Autumn Koan for this Sunday

Autumn Equinox

Dear Friends, Our koan group last Sunday enjoyed the following koan: Book of Serenity, Case 94                         DONGSHAN IS WELL Dongshan was ill. A student asked, “You’re unwell. Is there someone, after all, who isn’t sick?” Dongshan said, “There is.” “Does…

Fall Koan Series Starts This Sunday

  When we take up some questions our ancestors have asked, some stories they’ve told to point to the territory of freedom—-when we hold these in our hearts and minds of today and bring our outrageous lives into play with them, something new, fresh,…

Group Koan Practice at Shove Chapel

Group Koan Practice at Shove Chapel Monday, August 2015 This Monday, at Shove Chapel, we’ll have one period of meditation followed by a group Koan discussion. From Joan Sutherland’s “Acequias and Gates”: “Koans are a spiritual practice in the sense…

Happy May Day!

May 1, 2015 Happy May Day! The next three days hold a number of chances to get together with your practice community: for meditation, conversation, party,  koan inquiry, sutras, Dharma study.   Packed!  Here’s the scoop: Tomorrow, Saturday: 6:30 to 8:30…