One day, Chang-sha Ching-tsen (d. 868), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an masters, wandered in the mountain. When he was back just at the gate of the temple, the head monk asked him:
-Where have you been, Sir?
There is a talk posted on Wzen.org right now if you want to take the next step in practice. You should listen in.
Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei Perceiving the Ox Shugen Sensei continues his exploration of the spiritual journey. In the third stage of Zen practice, a student might have her first experience of the ‘falling away of body and mind’, but there is much work yet to be done. When everything you know about yourself is gone, what remains? This discourse was offered at the Zen Center of New York City on April 4th, 2013.