I Don’t Want to Be a Zen Master


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I Don’t Want to Be a Zen Master 

“‘I don’t want to be a Zen Master,’

I told my first Zen Master,”

said the Zen Master.

“I, too, told my first Zen Master,”

replied the Zen Master,

“‘Don’t make me a Zen Master.’

Yet then my Zen Master

said, ‘Not a single Zen Master

wanted to be a Zen Master.’”

“Why?” we asked our Zen Master.

“If you know that,” said the Zen Master,

“you’ll become a Zen Master.”

                     -Dick Allen

 

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