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“My horns won’t fit through the door”

Published on Thursday , May 29th, 2014

There is a Zen story about a monk who, having failed to achieve “enlightenment” (brain-change) through the normal Zen methods, was told by his teacher to think of nothing but an ox. Day after day after day, the monk thought of the ox, meditated on the ox. Finally, one day, the teacher came to the monk’s cell and said, “Come out here — I want to talk to you.”

“I can’t get out,” the monk said. “My horns won’t fit through the door.”

-From R. A. Wilson’s book Prometheus Rising

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