Sunday, 20 October 2019


365. Wittgenstein says: 'Language did not emerge from reasoning '.  The same can be said of the koan. Koan language did not - does not - emerge from reasoning. The Zen novice learns, and becomes proficient in, the language of koan by engaging in specific practices. He or she comes to understand and speak this language by joining in, by becoming a participant in, the language-game of koan. The learner learns by becoming a player in the game. This suggests a process of trial and error - like this, not like that. This in turn suggests a readiness to accept the tutelage of a master. 

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