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Hi, I'm Andy Engelson, a writer and editor who lived in Hanoi for five years and now lives in Geneva Switzerland. watch here This blog is no longer active, but you can find more of my writing at The Lost Salt Atlas. I'm currently working on a historical novel set in the Northwest United States during World War II. In a former life, I edited Washington Trails magazine. I like to hike, click travel, and play with my family.


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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