7 thoughts on “Koan Question”

  1. “If I am incapable of washing dishes joyfully, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have a cup of tea, I will be equally incapable of drinking the tea joyfully. With the cup in my hands I will be thinking about what to do next, and the fragrance and the flavor of the tea, together with the pleasure of drinking it, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment.”

    Thich Nhat Hanh

    http://www.serve.com/cmtan/buddhism/Treasure/bathing.newborn.html

  2. Of course.

    What do you think of the question or the master’s observation? Is it true?

    I think it probably is. Which is weird because I remember as an adult thinking wisdom like this was sort “put on”. I looked at koans as things I was not allowed to criticize for fear of looking like a boob, but which really didn’t hold all that much truth.

    Now, I think maybe I was just a boob.

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