A clear-eyed man falls into a well Barry Magid January 31st 2015

We all start off thinking we know who we are, where we are, where we're trying to get to, what we think we have to do to get there. We have a pretty clear picture of the way our life is suffering. We have a pretty clear picture of the state we want to replace it with. And we have a picture of what we need to do to get from here to there. The master in this koan implies that this whole clear-eyed view of the world is part of the problem not part of the solution. And in some way we have to stumble into the alternative. Falling down a well.

Entangling Vines, Case 279 A clear eyed man falls into a well

A monk asked an old teacher, "What is the path?"
The teacher replied, "A clear eyed man falls into a well."

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