.. Footnote(s) to a zen practice. I still have the book, beautifully autographed, in fact I bought the book pretty urgently because I could not decide when my corporate mentor taught me that she was a Confucian, whether did she mean she was a Confucian or did she mean that she was a Confusion.I couldn't really bring myself to work under newer female bosses because of her Confucian or Confusion views. Hence, I bought a book and enjoy having bought it.
Damned Rinzai's and your quest for the perfect coan. Say that stuff to a dictionary thumpin' english major and you'll likely get a discourse on defining usage. Most words will excite other words that define opposing idea's. A word is applied to select from and exclude all the other words.
Charlie -- Am I to infer from your remarks that "exclusion" and "inclusion" amount to pretty much the same thing? :p
I'd say they're based on the bifurcation of the apparent reality. I suspect ol'buddha man's urging away from duality was part and parcel with urging toward awareness without monkeying it up. Awareness implies a potential for failures of mindfulness, and the possession of a monkey mind implies a potential for discipline. Pull up a root and see for yourself. To teach it is to wade in the muck. At least that's my argumentatively humble opinion.I also have to wonder if the sound of one hand clapping koan, had anything to do with student's cutting off a hand to prove sincerity sufficient to get in the teachers door. Would that be the masters tongue in the student's cheek? Too graphic? lol