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Discussion: Jiaoan’s Sand in the Eye
March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Linda Dekker and Karen Hamilton will facilitate Koan Study. This will be an opportunity to get a taste of what we do in the Women Ancestors group which meets every third Thursday at 9 am. The Koan we will look at is Jiaoan’s Sand in the Eye, pp. 90-92 of The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-five Centeries of Awakened Women, ed. by Florence Caplow and Susan Moon. We chose this, in part, because the commentary is offered by Zenki Mary Mocine, who was scheduled to give a Dharma talk, but is unable to do so due to an injury.
Jiaoan was the niece of a high official of the Song dynasty. When she was young, she decided not to marry or bear children and she set her heart on the way of Chan. She experienced a clear awakening at the words of Master Yuanwu Keqin as he spoke to the assembly. Later, Yuanwu said to her, “You should go on to erase your views–then you will finally be free.”
She answered in verse:
The pillar pulls out the bone sideways;
the void shows its claws and fangs;
even if one profoundly understands,
there is still sand in the eye.