Nyogen Senzaki

‘This place belongs neither to Rinzai nor Soto, and this monk never claimed to be a teacher. When you come and meditate sincerely, I will join you in the Zen-do. When you ask a question on Zen, I will answer with my Zen. The most important thing is for you to become Zen and Zen to become you. I am nobody from the beginning, but I may encourage your meditation or solve your doubts. Do not hasten to work one koan after another as you might solve algebra problems, nor keep on a drowsy meditation without stimulation of personal guidance.’ (Commentary on the Iron Flute, Case 11)

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