Description: Henry explores the challenging koan, Case 29 from the Book of Equanimity, Fuketsu’s Iron Ox, unravelling the matter of the “iron ox” and the “heart seal.” Are these metaphors? Listen to find out what they refer to. We learn that our true nature resembles the iron ox, the absolute stillness through which all activity runs. Henry interjects some systems theory and an analogy about the Copernican revolution which takes us back to the core root of Shakyamuni’s revelation about solution to suffering. Finally Henry shows us how the koan offers a glimpse into non-duality of form and emptiness, the ultimate nature of all things.
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