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Harada Roshi


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Someone said that there are koans for the head and koans for the heart. Another person said that you have koans for the heart emotional koans on this website but I cannot find them. I work a lot with my head all my life. Can you give me an example of a koan for the heart?


There are no koans for the head and heart. To divide between head and heart is a big mistake. Humans have developed their brain, yet thoughts cannot walk by themselves. Our mind and body are one. Zazen is about exactly this practice. Saying it a different way, myself and the world needs to be one, or else the honest way of living cannot come forth. In the Mumon Kan 35 case it says about Seijo, whose souls has separated. Buddha Nature and our worries are not separated. Koans are about realizing the wisdom that comes forth from experiencing oneself in oneness with the universe and the world. That is why koans were brought forth by the teacher of olden days. When you feel sorrow, to feel sorrow completely, that is the truth. When you feel joy, to be completely filled with this, that is also the truth.



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