White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

7 Rabbit Killing Tree

Petrified wood trunk and stuffed cloth toy rabbit

"One fine day in China, many hundreds of years ago, on a morning just like this, or perhaps it was on a Friday morning, a man was walking through the forest. The snow was falling through the branches, dancing in the air. As he was walking, he walked very close to a bush and all of a sudden, from beneath the snow-covered evergreen bush, a rabbit darted out. The rabbit was very frightened and ran very quickly. Not looking where it was going, it ran smack into a tree and fell over dead. The man walked over to the rabbit, picked it up and took it home. He skinned it and fed it to his family. The next day, he went out to the forest again, sat down by the tree...and waited."

Ven. Anzan Hoshin roshi,
"Before Thinking"
1992

  • metal coffee container 6" by 4"
  • fossilized wood, polished on one end
  • stuffed cloth toy rabbit - 3"
  • acrylic paint