Koan of the Day

Master Xianyan said, “Suppose someone is up in a tree, holding on to a branch by his teeth, his hands without a grip on a limb, his feet without a toehold on the trunk. Someone under the tree asks about the meaning of Zen. If he does not answer, he is avoiding the question; but if he does answer, he loses his life. At just such a time, how would you reply?”

From Thomas Cleary, No Barrier: Unlocking the Zen Koan.untitled


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