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Koan

Heshan imparted this saying: “Practicing and studying is called ‘learning.’ Being at the end of your studies is called ‘being close.’ Going beyond these two is real going beyond.”
A monk came forward and asked, “What is real going beyond.”
Heshan said, “Knowing how to beat the drum.”
The monk asked, “What is the real truth?”
Heshan said, “Knowing how to beat the drum.”
The monk asked, “When a transcendant being comes, how to you receive him?”
Heshan said, “Knowing how to beat the drum.”
–Quoted in Cleary, Meditating with Koans

October 9, 2011 - Posted by | Zen | , , , ,

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