Wednesday, 23 October 2019


368. The question that Goso asks is not just a question of identity. It is much more in that it is a question that bears on real identity. The Zen practitioner is here being challenged to manifest his or her real identity. The sort of questions the practitioner must face are: 'What is real? Who am I really?'
   Scholarly concerns with the origin of Case 35 of the Mumonkan, the tracing of the koan to a Chinese ghost story, the re-telling of the story, the details of the story - these are so many red herrings.
   Goso asks : 'Which was the real Seijo?' In order to respond appropriately here, the practitioner must ask: 'Which is the real Seijo?'

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