No standpoint – a koan for you

For the ones who don´t know:

koan is a special kind of Zen riddle.

Koans are not to be solved with the mundane, limited logical mind, they are meant to suspend the intellect, to put it in a state of vacuum, out of which the secret totality of life can emerge. A koan is indeed an opportunity to look deeply into one´s real nature, and “think” without thinking.

So let us consider this:

Your standpoint makes your perspective. My question to you is:



Don´t bother to understand, and so you might have a chance to understand

“What are you writing there?”
She kind of appeared from nowhere. She was sitting next to me at the cafe I usually go to. She was elegant and charismatic. A charming girl. She was friendly, strikingly familiar although we never talked before.

I showed her my note-book. “But I don´t understand a thing”, she said rather disappointed.
“It´s good you don´t understand”, I answered smiling. “You see, everybody tries hard to know and understand, and most of them end up understanding nothing…”

“That’s really wise”, she burst out. Her eyes confirmed she heard my words. So I SAY TO YOU what I told her:

“Don´t bother to understand, and so you might have a chance to understand…”

There is
There is not

There neither is, nor there is not

There is is not,
there is Is

There is
there is not.

Zen and the Mirror of All Encounters

Zen fools around with “language”  Do not take literally each word.  You really have to take the words you read apart, turn them upside down and inside out…that is Zen Mind.

Zen clears the mind of division.  IT tells us to look at everything and anything, including people, the actions of people as a dream…a delusion.  There is no inside or outside.  Inside and outside are part of the One.  Zen works a lot with deciphering language and feeling present moment as it is.  When we do not talk we can discern more clearly our self deceptions.  Who is the ONE watching?

It is the Universal One looking at itself.  Let us say it is the Mirror of All Encounters 🙂