A Triad of Koans

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Koan 1:
I observed, “The candle in the narthex is leaning.”
I replied, “Better a crooked candle than one that is not lit.”

Koan 2:
I said, “The squirrel sits on the apex of the roof and speaks loudly to the world.”
I replied, “He is not silent.”

Koan 3:
I said, “I smiled so much in church this morning that my jaws ached.”
I replied, “And your whole body? Did it ache too?”

Journal Entry Sept. 20, 1997


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