This talk was largely unrehearsed but I did have a list of poems and koan cases to refer to. Perhaps later I (or someone!) can gather these materials but for now here’s a bit of a table of contents if you want to look up this material.
The teachings on suchness are a really important part of our feeling of practice but it’s a hard one to explain. Our important Chinese Zen ancestor Dongshan had various poetic (and cryptic!) ways of illuminating this teaching of the possibility of settling deeply into things-as-they-are.
Opening poem: Mary Oliver, Summer’s Day
Ryokān poems from Kaz Tanahashi’s wonderful new book:
I used poems on pages 108, 156, 113
Book of Serenity case 49
Blue Cliff Record, case 43 (and read Dogen’s commentary in his fascile ____ )
Book of Serenity, case 89
And two more Dongshan cases in Dogen’s Mana Shobogenzo were on deck but I didn’t get to them, cases 98 and 93 (and highlight to our fans of Zen sewing, case 93 is about sewing!). Translation is entitled The True Dharma Eye, Zen Master Dōgen’s Three Hundred Koans. Trans Kazuaki Tanahashi & John Diado Loori