A monk asked Zhaozhou: what is the meaning of Zen? Zhaozhou: said, “Cypress tree in the garden.” The truth of our lives is not contained in things, yet we cannot ignore them either. War is not the same as peace. Anger is not the same as wisdom. Do we know how to live in the world and yet be utterly free?
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Book of Serenity, Case 47:
Zhaozhou's Cypress Tree in the Garden
Zen Mountain Monastery—July 31, 2011