Tuesday, 22 October 2019


367. The first thing to notice about Case 35 of the Mumonkan is that it is not about Seijo. In terms of the grammar that governs the language of the language-game of koan, the question that Goso asks is a question about the identity of the one who mediates on this koan. Everything necessary for working with, and responding to, Case 35, is contained in Goso's formulation. So: 'Which was the real Seijo? Was it her being, or the soul that separated from her being?' Notice the disjunctive choice: either this or that. 

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