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Re: koans, from WWW

Oct 10, 1995 04:22 AM
by Tracey Benson

On Mon, 9 Oct 1995, Liesel F. Deutsch wrote:

> My 1st evening on Dreamscape, they have an easy browser for WWW &
> I've been vrowsing through Buddhist things. Found 2 koans I thought
> you'd enjoy, so here they are:
> "2 sages were standing on a bridge over a stream. One said to the
> other,"I wish I were a fish. They are so happy." The other replied
> "How do you know whether fish are happy, or not? You're not a fish."
> The first one said "But you're not me, so how do you know whether or
> not I know how fish feel?"
> Joshu asked the teacher Nansen,"What is the True Way?"
> Nansen answered, "Every way is the true Way."
> Joshu asked "Can I study it?"
> Nansen asnwered, "the more you study, the further from the Way."
> Joshu asked, "If I don't study it, how can I know it?"
> Nansen answered,"The Way does not belong to things seen: nor to
> things unsee. It does not belong to things known: nor to things
> unknown. Do not seek it, study it, or name it. To find yourself on
> it. open yourself as wide as the sky."
Beautiful!!!!! I love it!


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