Koun Yamada

‘Put your questions on the shelf and practice zazen; you’ll get your own answers.’ (Zen: The Authentic Gate)

At Tassajara recently, I browsed in the library as I usually do when I am down there. I pulled this book from the shelves, and found that no-one else had signed it out since I had, two summers ago. Then again, although I did not have time to get very far through it, this was the only line that really jumped out at me. I do still appreciate that we need our own answers for our question, not our teachers’ answers or anyone else’s, if we are to make the practice ours.

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