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June 09, 2010


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Master Seung Sahn has some interesting things to say about the koan in 'The Compass Of Zen'.To attempt to paraphrase he suggests that the koan is intended to enable the practitioner to perceive the Self-Nature but also to indicate how that Self-Nature might function in a given situation within the phenomenal world.

The notion of the hua-t'ou is also somewhere in D.T. Suzuki's writings as well.

I'd say though that the hua-t'ou can also be exercised with chanting, too, including Mu.

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