“Zen wants to take away the mind that understands so that we can directly experience our existential situation.”
Case 30: Daisui’s “Kalpa Fire”
A monk asked Daizui, “When the great kalpa fire bursts out, the whole universe will be destroyed. I wonder if IT will also be destroyed or not.” Daizui said, “Destroyed.” The monk said, “If so, will it be gone with the other?” Daizui said, “Gone with the other.”
Description: Henry continues exploring Daizui’s Kalpa Fire as means to reveal more about the nature and purpose of koans and the student teacher meeting. Koans are not conventional stories with a narrative and satisfying (or dissatisfying) conclusion. A koan’s point is not to give us an “ah-ha” moment of greater understanding and good feeling. Rather, a koan is a practice device of which we are a critical part. This talk’s wide dharma reach returns to the basic and critical relationship between student and teacher. Although we may have a “body and mind falling away” experience, without the recognition of that experience by the teacher, the experience becomes only memory and isn’t lived through shared authentic intimacy.
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