When Guishan thrusts his hoe into the ground it represents vast emptiness, but that’s not the end of the story. He then puts his hoe on his shoulder and heads off to work with his fellow monks—his sangha. This story from the Book of Serenity reminds us of the importance of the bodhisattva path of helping all beings. This ancient teaching starts with Shakyamuni Buddha – after he awakened he got up and joined his sangha. Apprentice teacher, Allan Marett explores how we can best learn from and respond to these ancestral precedents in our own lives.
February Zazenkai 2018