Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Precipice

"In trying to answer the Koan, the student will come to a mental "precipice", as it were, where all the methods and procedures of accepted thinking no longer function. The purpose of the Koan is to shove the student over this precipice into an area of experience that is completely new. This is the spiritual reality that the Zen master is attempting to guide the student towards" (from Understanding the Meaning of Zen Koans, by Gary Smith).

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