Sunday, October 23, 2016

Let's Read (3): The Little Zen Companion

Question 2
"The world is it's own magic."
Shunryu Suzuki


When hungry, eat your rice; When tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean\

-Lin Chi

There is a Western style of Philosophy that holds that the only thing you can know is that you know nothing, it's an examination of deductive logic, that we study by taking what we know and deriving, so we theorize. This method, the Socratic method, recommends teaching by questioning a student, rather than offering answers. While I can't do that in a static medium, I CAN cause you to question your own answers. How do the two koans go together? Are they a path, or a question and answer? What happens when you combine koans, things that are, by themselves, meant to stimulate the mind and give you something to tie experience to- freeing the mind from its structure?

Do koans do anything other than allow us to understand that there is no box, by Becoming the box?

Question 3:

"I take a nap
Making the mountain water
Pound the rice"
-Issa


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