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I apologise if I have shared this story before, but it came to mind the other day while I was out on my bike:
I believe it was Blanche who would tell the story, of a venerable Japanese teacher who came over to Zen Center in the earlier years, and was asked to address the assembly. He had limited English, and apparently the talk went like this (with each sentence very drawn out):
‘Today…. is not…. tomorrow.
Today… is not…. yesterday.
Today… is …. today.’
The consensus was that it was a fine talk that captured the essence of the teaching.