Friday, February 29, 2008

Today's Quote: from the Annals of Zen

This koan is from some of the recorded pre-history of the Caodong (Soto) school of Zen in China. Yaoshan was an important master who lived during the 8th Century of the Common Era. Reading this, my attention was caught. Can you make it out?

Someone asked Yaoshan: "How can one avoid becoming confused by all kinds of outside appearances?" Yaoshan said, "Just leave them alone and they won't bother you." The person said he didn't understand. Yaoshan said, "What outside appearances are troubling you right now?"

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