(Response to a letter. From the book Dropping Ashes on the Buddha)
Thank you for your letter. How are you?
You said in your letter that you have read many books about Zen. Thatâ€™s good, but if you are thinking, you canâ€™t understand Zen. Anything that can be written, anything that can be said â€“ all this is thinking. If you are thinking, all Zen books, all Buddhist sutras, and all Bibles are demonsâ€™ words. But if you read with a mind that has cut off all thinking, then Zen books, sutras, and Bibles are all the truth. So is the barking of a dog or the crowing of a rooster. All things are teaching you at ...