A Quote by Chung-feng Ming-pen on birth, death, logic, meaning, principles, privacy, reason, spirituality, understanding, words, and writing

The koans do not represent the private opinion of a single man, but rather the highest principle . . . that accords with the spiritual source, tallies with the mysterious meaning, destroys birth-and-death, and transcends the passions. It cannot be understood by logic; it cannot be transmitted in words; it cannot be explained in writing; it cannot be measured by reason. It is like . . . a great fire that consumes all who come near it.

Chung-feng Ming-pen (1263 - 1323)

Source: a Zen teaching, quoted in Miura and Sasaki 1966:5

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