Saturday, September 14, 2002

Two Koans and a Pickle

A stone sitting in the middle of a path captured the attention of two passing monks.

�A stone in the road is a hazard,� observed one.

�We might have struck our feet upon it,� agreed the other.

At this moment a third monk approached from the opposite direction. �If you are thinking of moving that stone to avert mishap,� said he, �it will do no good.�

�How is that?� asked the two monks.

The third monk squatted down and gripped the stone. Standing, he tossed it over his shoulder into the tall grass beside the path. �That is how,� he stated.


A black cat pauses while entering an open door, straddling the threshold. Inside the cat is out and outside the cat is in. Where is the cat�s tail?



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