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"Zen means keeping a clear mind, moment-to-moment. The Koan, or question, tests the actual clarity of the practitioner's mind:
                                             Is this a fan?   (see the picture)
If you say Yes, you are attached to name and form. This answer is not acceptable. If you say No, you are attached to emptiness, in which there are no distinctions. This answer is also not acceptable. Neither Yes nor No is an acceptable Zen answer. So, what would be a perfect, non-conceptual, bull's-eye response - one that could not be bettered by any Zen Master?"

                 - Founding Teacher  Patricia Zenma Shelton
  

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Is this a fan?
         Ms. Shelton engaged in Koan study with Zen Master Seung Sahn from 1975 until his death on November 30, 2004. She taught the accredited course Introduction to Zen Practice at Boston University for fifteen years (1985-2000), and was one of the twenty-six presenters at the first Buddhism in America Conference. Ms. Shelton has been leading sanghas in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Florida for over three decades.


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