Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Dump Koan

The student went to the master who lived in the dump.

Why do you live here with the garbage, the student asked.

The master spoke.  When does a doll cease to be a doll?  When does a table cease to be a table?  When does a man cease to be a man?

I do not know, the student said.

Go, fetch your most valued possession and toss it on that mound of refuse.  Then you will know.

The student left more enlightened.

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