When the old drunk guy sitting next to you on the train farts and shits himself and the odour fills the carriage - are you going to cleanse your chakras or what else are you going to do?
Jue Miao Jing Ming - è¦ºå¦ç²¾æ <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Koan is for the practitioners to wake to the fact that we are enslaved by our mind. Such that we could open our Inner Self and be in touch the "real form" of the universe, which is the invisible life force and wisdom of the universe in a complete separate domain from the domain of the consciousness. That's my witness. Fa Jian wrote: A Koan is a story, dialogue, question or statement in the history and lore of Zen, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet that may be accessible to intuition. A famous Koan is, "Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?" (oral tradition, attributed to Hakuin Ekaku, 1686-1769, considered a reviver of the Koan tradition in Japan). _____ From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Al Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2007 07:00 To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Subject: [Zen] Zen Koans I realize that there are many interesting stories about Zen Koans. I have found it to be very entertaining reading. However, some of the koans make me wonder if they do not have to be interpreted based on a culture of alcoholism and illiteracy which existed back in those days? Some of those stories only make sense if the people involved had been drinking heavily. No virus found in this incoming message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.17.6/1193 - Release Date: 12/22/2007 14:02 No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.5.516 / Virus Database: 269.17.6/1193 - Release Date: 12/22/2007 14:02 --------------------------------- Sent from Yahoo! - a smarter inbox.