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Andy Engelson is a writer and editor who lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. He's currently working on a historical novel set in the Northwest United States during World War II. He's also a freelance writer, essayist and member of the Hanoi Writer's Collective. In a former life, he edited Washington Trails magazine for six years and before that was freelance journalist. He likes to hike, travel, and play with his family.

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For when this wise and deeper world opens, everyday life, even the most trivial thing of it, grows loaded with the truths of Zen. On the one hand, therefore, satori is a most prosaic and matter-of-fact thing, but on the other hand, when it is not understood it is something of a mystery. But after all is not life itself filled with wonders, mysteries, and unfathomabilities, far beyond our discursive understanding?
A monk asked Joshu to be instructed in Zen.
Said the master, “Have you had your breakfast or not?”
“Yes, master, I have,” answered the monk.
“If so, then wash your bowl,” was the immediate response, which it is said, at once opened the monk’s mind to the truth of Zen.
— D.T. Suzuki, Essays in Zen Buddhism

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