Green Gulch Zen Center: Koan Competition
Green Gulch already has workshops revolving around the koans, but our intention is to take koan use one-step further. Our plan involves a monthly competition that is open to all. The competition will consist of the reading of a random koan at the beginning followed by an hour or two of zazen, seated meditation, which then will be followed by the construction and recitation of a koan commentary and verse, like those found in the well known and used commentaries. The Roshi, or Zen Master, will judge the competition. In this competition, community building, spirituality and history of Zen are some of the themes addressed. Koans are passages of Buddhist text. The competition will entail people to discuss the meaning of the statements. It creates a conversation between participants.