The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

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The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Post by lindama » Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:52 am

The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans, Ross Bolleter, July 2018

https://www.amazon.com/Crow-Flies-Backw ... s+bolleter
on Amazon, click on the cover page to read part of the book.....

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Re: The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Post by desert_woodworker » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:40 am

In one of W.C. Fields' movies , he tells his niece about the "Philly-Lou" (sp?) bird, who flies backwards, "to keep the sand out of its eyes". --Joe

EDIT: the movie is "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break".
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Re: The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Post by Great Sage EofH » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:46 am

"We are magical animals that roam" ~~ Roam

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Re: The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Post by lindama » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:14 am

Koans sometimes develop through dialogue between a Zen teacher and a student, or another teacher. Sometimes they are conveyed as a story, sometimes a poem:

From a well that has never been dug, Water ripples in a spring that does not flow.
Someone with no shadow or form is drawing the water.

Koans encode ultimate reality. To work with a koan is to open yourself to experience that reality. Koans can aid the student in finding the truth that transcends what Hakuun Yasutani calls the common delusion of humanity: that “I am in here,” while “you are out there.” Zen, especially through koans, works to dethrone this sense of a separated self. When the self is seen through as empty, we experience intimacy with all beings, and, with this experience, begin to walk the path of liberation.
~Ross Bolleter

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Re: The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Post by Larry » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:54 am

I enjoyed Bolleter's "Dongshan's Five Ranks: Keys to Enlightenment".

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Re: The Crow Flies Backwards and Other New Zen Koans

Post by guo gu » Fri Aug 03, 2018 1:52 am

linda!
how does a crow fly backwards?
be well,
guo gu

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Post by lindama » Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:18 am

Here begins the new life
~ Dante Alighieri

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