MORNING KOAN from Zen Master Loo Loo

“Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind. One said, “The flag moves.” The other said, “The wind moves.” They argued back and forth but could not agree.

The Sixth Ancestor said, “Gentlemen! It is not the wind that moves; it is not the flag that moves; it is your mind that moves.” The two monks were struck with awe.”

– The Mumonkan Case 29, translation by Robert Aitken
“Mumonkan” = “Gateless Gate”

Meditate on this tale until your skull splits open likes a walnut. Then call in sick. If you are retired, then whom do you call? Meditate on this until your feet bend over into two small fists. At this point, you’re on your own.


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