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See If You Can Follow Me . . .

It is. And it isn’t.

In essence, Zen means “meditation.” It is based on the idea that all humans have a Buddha nature inside them and to realize this nature all a human being has to do is search his or her inner self. Zen emphasizes the importance of simplicity and the natural world. It is also about the acceptance of duality, the awareness that people and things in the world can and do exist in dual, oftentimes paradoxical states.

Shuzan held out a short stick and said, “If you call this a short stick, you oppose its reality. If you do not call it a short stick, you ignore the fact. Now what do you wish to call this?”

If this koan made any kind of sense to you, you might enjoy these books:

                      

Sara Dora  CLP-Hazelwood

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