Dongshan is Unwell

Kyogen-squareCase 94 in the Book of Serenity tells of a time when Master Dongshan (Tozan Ryokai) was very ill. A monk came to him and asked, “Is there someone who does not get ill?” Donshan answered, “There is,” and the dialog goes on from there. Does this contradict the First Noble Truth? What’s going on here? Both Kyogen and Gyokuko have been sick the past few weeks, as have other Zen Center residents and members. Over the past few months a number of teachers and their close friends have died, an interesting time. In this January 26 talk Kyogen addresses this koan and tells some stories related to it.

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