Tuesday, July 19, 2005

One with the heat

"A monk asked Tozan, 'Cold and heat descend upon us. How can we avoid them?'"
"Why don't you go where there is no cold or heat?"
"Where is the place where there is no cold or heat?" the monk asked Tozan.
He replied, "When cold, let it be so cold that it kills you; when hot, let it be so hot that it kills you."

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"When in a hot place, become one with the heat. When in a cold place, be one with the coldness. Don't resist, whatever it is. When cold, shiver. When hot, sweat."

~Extracts from Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart, pp. 41, 42.

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