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Everything is Fine

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

What better way to start this series than with a koan, those pills of wisdom, highly condensed stories, which according to the masters' moods, may or may not offer us the desired illumination.

One Zen master, when asked how he was doing, always replied, "I'm fine."

One day, a student asked him, "Teacher, how come everything is always so fine to you? Aren't you ever upset, or in a bad mood?"

"Of course I am," the master replied. "When I'm a good mood, everything is fine. And when I'm in a bad mood, everything is fine too."

After Olga Gutsol

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