A very old Zen Master, Zhaozhou, during a very tumultuous time being endured in 8th century China, was asked by a student, “When times of great difficulty come to visit us, how should we meet them?”
Zhaozhou replied, “Welcome”.
A crisis – personal, or even global – is replete with unlikely-looking opportunities to awaken a little more thoroughly and deeply, as long as we can stay alert and undazzled, not blinded by what we take to be “difficulty”.
Join Susan Murphy, Zen Roshi, to meditate together with this and one or two other Zen koans and explore them openly together. This will help us discover some of the surprising and transforming ways in which difficulty, fear and uncertainty can be turned around to discover more clearly the path of liberation and awakening that lies right through the middle of every moment of this life.
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Dr Susan Murphy, Zen Roshi, is the founding teacher of Zen Open Circle in Sydney. She is in a lay lineage that draws Soto and Rinzai (koan) style of practice together, with a special interest in the way Zen and Indigenous Australian sense of “care for country” come together.
Susan is a writer, freelance radio producer, and film writer and director. She directs the annual Buddhist Film Festival in Sydney, established in 2003, and teaches a postgraduate course in Chan/Zen Buddhism for the Masters in Applied Buddhist Studies at Nan Tien Institute in Wollongong.
She is the author of Upside Down Zen, Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis, and Red Thread Zen: Humanly Entangled in Emptiness.
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