Stone Bridge, Log Bridge

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A talk I wrote with very few notes on my favorite koan in the Blue Cliff Record – case 52 “Zhaozhou (Joshu’s) Asses Cross, Horses Cross” in which a monk challenges the old master as so often happens in these cases. But really it’s a story about comparison, expectations, and the many ways we divide things up.

Originally given at Worcester Zen Community then this version here in Bellingham and later in Seattle. Stone bridges, log bridges everywhere.

About Nomon Tim Burnett

Spiritual Director and Zen priest Nomon Tim Burnett has been a student of Zoketsu Norman Fischer since 1987 when he was a resident at San Francisco Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm. After sitting practice periods at Green Gulch and Tassajara Zen Monastery, Tim helped found the Bellingham Zen Practice Group in 1991. Tim was ordained as a Zen Priest by Norman in 2000 and received Dharma Transmission in July, 2011. A person of wide-ranging professional interests, Tim has been a botanist, carpenter, elementary school teacher, writer, and computer programmer. In addition to his work at the Spiritual Director of Red Cedar Zen Community, Tim is Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest.
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