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The Parable of the Poisoned Arrow

Whoever coined the phrase, “there are no stupid questions”, probably never interacted with a Zen Master.  I say this because I was recently involved in an interchange with a Zen teacher that, in retrospect, should have resulted in my receiving a hearty whack from him with an awakening stick.  As usual, after his dharma talk, he opened the floor for questions, and I asked him about the purpose of the ego – specifically, “if it is so problematic, why is it the norm instead of enlightenment?”

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