Today, we’re gonna talk about the first case from the Gateless Gate collection: the wu gong-an. Wu is one of the most popular gong-ans around. There have been whole books written about it, so I’m not gonna say much here. Besides, I think that making a big deal of it is the opposite of what … Continue reading Zhaozhou’s Wu Gong-an
An Illinois sunrise is an Indian sunset. Without leaving this room, which is true?
A gong-an (koan) is a recorded interaction between a student and a teacher. They're not like overhearing two people talk about the weather (though I guess, in a way, that's exactly what they are). They're paradoxical, metaphorical, or intuitive exchanges meant to point directly to the mind's nature. There are several collections of gong-ans, like … Continue reading My Favorite Gong-ans