Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Feb/Mar 12&Zen Announcement - - Steps 2 and 3

 Step 2:  Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3:  Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.   

KOAN: Mazu eventually left his teacher Nanyue and established his own community. For some time, Nanyue had not heard from Mazu, so he dispatched a monk to his former student’s place and instructed him, “Wait until he enters the hall to speak, and then ask him “What’s going on?’ Take note of his answer, and then bring it back and tell me.” 
The monk did as instructed and returned, saying “Master Ma said ‘In the thirty years since the barbarian uprising, I’ve never lacked for salt or sauce.’

Nanyue approved of this answer.

~ Andy Ferguson, Zen’s Chinese Heritage, p. 56