Inside the Brushwood Gate An essay by Gillian Coote, Roshi. First published in Mind Moon Circle, Spring 2016 Yunmen said: Medicine and sickness mutually correspond. The whole world is medicine. What is the self? (1) And at the end of the day in sesshin, we are reminded: Birth and death is the Great Matter. All things pass quickly away.
Teisho by Gillian Coote, roshi ‘Kingyu’s Rice Bucket Blue Cliff Record #74 Play and imagination are the Way. Wu-men said “At the very cliff edge of birth-and-death, you find the Great Freedom. In the Six Worlds and the Four Modes of Birth, you enjoy a samadhi of frolic and play.” Yes – singing and dancing are the voice of the law.
Teisho by Gillian Coote, roshi ‘Step from the Top of the Pole’ Mumonkuan #46/Book of Serenity #79: How do you live Hakuin Zenji’s ‘this very body, the Buddha’ when you step off the 100-foot pole and out into life, making your way into difficult places, amongst difficult people or when you snuggle up with your beloved, or ease yourself
Teisho by Gillian Coote, roshi ‘Yunmen’s Medicine and Sickness’ #87 Book of Serenity I came down with a mysterious and painful condition earlier in the year. Coming out of the surgery in intensive care after three days, I knew nothing about any of this because I’d been taken emergency in a delirious state of mind. At first, coming round after the