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2016-05-21 Kakuzan Shido’s Dagger

Updated about 25 days ago.

Kakuzan Shido, founder of Tokei-ji, challenged about her ability to teach, brings forth a dagger. Was her act a violent one? What role do such extreme actions play in Zen? What role does pressure (external and internal) play in Zen, and in life? Why are koans so difficult?
Text(s) quoted: The Hidden Lamp, Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, edited by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon.