Koan: "Two Monks Rolled Up The Bamboo (00:38)Koan: Two Monks Rolled Up The Bamboo Blinds. The monks gathered in the hall to hear the Great Hogen of Seiryo give teisho before the midday meal. Hogen pointed to the bamboo blinds. At this, two monks went to the blinds and rolled them up alike. Hogen said, "One has it, the other not."
Koan: "Seizei, A Poor Monk"... (00:37)A monk once said to Master Sozan, "I am poor and destitute. I beg you, oh Master, please help me and make me rich." Sozan said, "Venerable Seizei!" "Yes, Master," replied Seizei. Sozan remarked, "having tasted three cups of the best wine, do you still say your lips are not yet moistened?"
Koan: "Shakyamuni Holds Up A Flower (00:53)Long ago, when the World-Honored One was at Mount Grdhrakuta to give a talk, he held up a flower before the assemblage. At this, all remained silent. The Venerable Kasho alone broke into a smile. The World-Honored One said: "I have the all-pervading true Dharma, incomparable Nirvana, exquisite teaching of formless form. It does not rely on letters and is transmitted outside Scriptures. I now hand it to Maha Kasho."
The Voice of Power Disowned (05:48)A student shares an insight with Genpo Roshi and the rest of the participants of the 2011 Big Mind Spring Conference. To learn more about Genpo Roshi and Big Mind go to http://bigmind.org/
Genpo Roshi on Preferences & Satisfaction... (06:40)Genpo Roshi makes a clarification on dissatisfaction & satisfaction and how it plays a role in our spiritual practice.
He also gives an explanation of the Zen Koan "The Perfect Way is not difficult, just avoid picking & choosing."
Ask Roshi: Big Mind and Openings (03:13)Do you have a question you'd like answered by a zen master? Send it in, and Roshi might just answer. This time someone asks about how the Big Mind process is different than Kensho or Satori