A student asked Yunmen, “What is the teaching that lasts a lifetime?”
Yunmen replied, “Say something in response.”

When I was queried about newsletter copy for our Tuesday Zen gathering (this one), my response was, “Oh shit, I completely forgot!” It was day five of our seven-day retreat and I was completely unstuck in time.

Then another koan came to keep me company along with Yunmen’s “Say something in response,” which was Baizhang’s “Say something without moving your lips or tongue.”

What do you say to that?

—David Weinstein

David Weinstein Roshi


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David Weinstein Roshi, Director of Rockridge Meditation Community


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