City Cave Zen


by dogo

Iron fence, trees, with trash scattered among the leaves on the ground

“Medicine and sickness heal each other. The whole world is medicine.” — Blue Cliff Record, Case 87

In this week’s Dharma talk, I mentioned a parable that’s been on my mind lately. I don’t know its origin — I’ve heard different versions, some attributing it to the Zen or Taoist traditions, but I haven’t been able to find its source, and I don’t think it matters. Here’s the version I discussed: