the door koan

jade is tested by fire, gold is tested by touchstone, a sword is tested by a hair, water is tested by a stick. one word or one phrase, one action or one state, one entrance or one departure, one hello is used to study the depth of the person’s understanding, to observe weather he is facing forward or facing backwards. the objective is to release ourselves from the bonds that hold us, to get out of the morass in which we are floundering, and return to the unfettered freedom of the open fields. we must make our way through the mass of complex interlockings that comprise the realm of differentiation, and enter the inner sanctuary of the patriarchs

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