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Hvis jeg havde et ønske ville jeg ønske, at jeg oplevede flere forelæsninger med et forløb omtrent som dette:

"The student Doko came to a Zen master, and said: "I am seeking the truth. In what state of mind should I train myself, so as to find it?"
The master said, "There is no mind, so you cannot put it in any state. There is no truth, so you cannot train yourself for it."
"If there is no mind to train, and no truth to find, why do you have these monks gather before you every day to study Zen and train themselves for this study?"
"But I haven't an inch of room here," said the master, "so how could the monks gather? I have no tongue, so how could I call them together or teach them?"
"Oh, how can you lie like this?" asked Doko
"But if I have no tongue to talk to others, how can I lie to you?" asked the master.
Then Doko said sadly, "I cannot follow you. I cannot understand you."
"I cannot understand myself," said the master.

 


 

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The student, understandably dissatisfied, then went to another master of some repute, repeating his question: "I am seeking the truth. In what state of mind should I train myself, so as to find it?"
The new master said, "I doubt your sincerity in this. Are you telling me the truth?"
"I am, master!"
"But how can you tell me the truth, if you are still seeking it?"
"If this is all there is to being wise, why are these monks here?"
"Where else should they be?"
"Why do you keep your secrets from me?"
"If I told them to you, would they then be secrets?"
Then Doko said sadly, "I cannot follow you. I cannot understand you."
Finally the master took pity on the young student, saying: "Do not follow. Do not understand. If you think there is someone to follow, you cannot follow him. If you think there is something to understand, you cannot understand it."
And Doko smiled.