awkwardly

Wednesday

The Last Rap, Fire-Poker Zen and other slapstick zen koans.

Plus some classic jokes:
Muddy Road
Trading Dialogue for Lodging
Learning To Be Silent
Time To Die

The Turtle in the Garden
A monk saw a turtle in the garden of Daizui's monastery and asked the teacher, "All beings cover their bones with flesh and skin. Why does this being cover its flesh and skin with bones?" Master Daizui took off one of his sandals and covered the turtle with it.

I'm digging all these snippets of flash fiction, but this page of Zen Master Seung Sahn's Twelve Gates seems to indicate that there's a fine line separating zen from dada. The line is made of sunlight, nor will it teach your mother-in-law how to bowl. Is there a line? KATZ!

Ko Bong said, "Alright, one last question. The mouse eats cat food, but the cat bowl is broken. What does this mean?"

Seung gave many answers, but to each Ko Bong only said, "No." Seung Sahn became angry and frustrated, completely stuck. After staring into Ko Bong's eyes for 50 minutes, his mind broke open like lightning striking.

1. What is "completely stuck"?

2. The mouse eats cat food, but the cat bowl is broken. What does this mean?

Commentary: Mouse eats cat food, cat bowl is broken, then what? A quarter is 25 cents, 25 cents buys ice cream; ice cream into the stomach, very good feeling. Ah, wonderful!

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