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  • In studying Zen Buddhism in the public library, I learned the Light is free.

    However, so many Zen Koans and Zen stories speak of money.

    My favorite:
    The enlightened priest Hotei would wander the poor neighborhoods of San Francisco
    asking any poor soul he met to "Show me one penny!"
    If the (startled, suspicious, etc.) person just displayed the penny, Hotei would give that person
    all sorts of special fruits and treats from his sack - that he had specially prepared the night before.
    _____One pious priest challenged Hotei and said, "This is not our discipline!"
    _____Hotei said, "Yes, but what is the actualization of our discipline?"

    Even in the Zen meditation woodcuts, "The Ten Bulls," satori (enlightenment) is represented by riding the tamed bull in the marketplace.

    If you are ever in San Marcos TX, stop by my produce department and I'll give you free samples of the best organic fruit in season - no money and no bull required. "Show me one smile!"

    Image: "Family of Quail" - Smithsonian Institution's - 18 count wool needlepoint kit from Mazeltov
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