The koan is: You can't miss, even if you try.
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Meditation with the beginning of the story of the donut maker:
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 gave her the koan, “There is a true person of no rank.”
Meditation with the koan "the stone woman gives birth in the middle of the night"
The great way (Tao) is not difficult, you just can't pick and choose.
The enlightened person is standing at the top of a 100 foot pole. You have entered the way, but it's not yet real to you. You must take a step from the top of the pole and the world in the directions will be your complete body.
The koan goes like this: Step by step in the dark, if my foot's not wet, I've found the stone.
A meditation with a story from the Lotus Sutra, about an 8 year old Dragon Princess who helps awaken the whole world.
May all beings be at ease, may they be happy, may they be safe, may they be free.
From Ursula le Guin's version of the Tao Te Ching verse 45. What's perfectly whole seems flawed, but you can use it forever...
10 minutes of meditation where you don't have to do anything. More interesting than it sounds!
A five minute meditation with the koan
or falling down,
It is still the same body.
- Princess Yodo, Abbess of Tokeiji 1350
How to respond to chaos and difficulty by first listening to the sound of the rain. Rachel reads aloud from a piece she wrote not long after the 2016 elections.
A five minute meditation with the koan: The heart-mind turns in accord with the 10,000 things. The pivot on which it turns is very deep.
Rachel talks about how we are saved by things that are evanescent.