Yu worked in town as a donut-maker. She used to visit a Zen temple and listen to talks and ask questions with the other students. The teacher, Langya Chi, gave her the koan, “There is a true person of no rank” and she carried it with her during the day, and while she did her work. She wondered about it at night and as she slept.
One day she heard a beggar singing the song Delights of Lotus Flowers: “...If you haven’t heard the song of the poet Yang Yi, how can you find your way to Lake Dongting*?” Hearing this, she was greatly enlightened. She threw her donut pan onto the ground.
Her husband stared at her and said, “Are you crazy?” She said, “This is not your realm.”
She went to see the teacher. Seeing her at a distance, he could tell she had awakened. He asked her, “What is the true person of no rank?”
Yu immediately said, “There’s a true person of no rank with six arms and three heads, working furiously, smashing Flower Mountain in two with a single blow. For ten thousand years the flowing water didn’t know the source.” In later years she became an esteemed and well-known teacher.
Rachel Boughton is a Zen Roshi. She's a feminist, artist, writer, and meditation and koan teacher. She is also a Jungian Analyst in training.
Rachel Boughton will be teaching on the 1st and 3rd and 5th Sunday for 2 hours. from 10:30am to 12:30pm. All other Sunday meditations will be from 10:30 to 11:30.
Practice leaders on the schedule.
New: Wednesday Wake Up: A 20 minute silent sitting at 6:30am Pacific Time, with Amy Robinson holding the virtual space.
Due to covid-19, meetings will be held by video conferencing (Zoom) until further notice. Be well!
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A koan is a saying or story or a line of poetry, often from long ago, but appearing all the time. A koan makes meditation come alive. At our sessions there will be sitting meditation as well as time for tea, a zen talk, and conversation. Our practice thrives on diverse perspectives and shared experiences as well as quiet and introspection.
Koan: Step by step in the dark, if my foot's not wet, I've found the stone.
Meditation is simply a practice of noticing, without judging or editing. Your meditation can allow space for everything that appears to glow and surprise you. You don't need to clear your mind, or be anything other than yourself. It's not about endurance or renunciation. It's about curiosity.
It may be easier than you thought.
Koan: Who am I?
Meditation is a place to discover who you truly are, right now, and that you're not separate, not alone. You begin to see the world with new eyes, more freely, with creativity and affection. You can feel the way your life carries you and reality is with you not against you. This is true in all conditions, the current pandemic included.
Koan: As I walk I ride the water buffalo.