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Vimalakirti & the Awakened Heart: A Commentary on The Sutra that Vimalakirti Speaks (Pilgrim's Bundle) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 7, 2016
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Joan Sutherland is a teacher in the Zen koan tradition, which she is re-imagining with allegiance to the root spirit of the koans and to their profound potential for vivifying, subverting, and sanctifying our lives. In her unique vision, awakening is as much about endarkenment as enlightenment. In 2014 she retired from working directly with students to focus on teaching. She now lives on the coast of northern California.
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"Having eaten, I am satisfied and content. I vow to live for the benefit of all beings."
The Sutra has a faerytale quality. Miraculous events occur right and left. And yet, the story revolves around an ordinary man, sick in bed, recieving guests.
The book is 107 pages. The cover by Laura Star is beautiful. Joan's writing style is exhilarating and gorgeous. She is completely suffused with koan tradition, and authored Acequias & Gates, a reference for koan work. The central event of the sutra, Vimalakirti's silence, is included in the Blue Cliff Record, a koan collection.
My conclusion is that this a satisfying contribution to a boundless path.
"Clouds gather on North Mountain, rain falls on South Mountain.
Whatever we're doing, we're doing it within this vast field of interpermeation."