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Endless Depth of Field, Valerie Forstman

October 16, 2022

Gain and Loss in a World with no Boundaries

In this talk from our Thursday night series, Valerie Forstman takes up Case 26 of the Gateless Gate or Mumonkan, Hogen’s “Two Monks Roll Up the Blinds.” The setting is in Master Hogen’s teaching room and the issue at hand is our propensity to judgment. What freedom is unleashed when the boundaries we imagine don’t hold up? And what compassion. Hogen points to the blinds, presenting the bright clarity that has been there all along.

Photo by Mark Paul Petrick

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