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Yanguan's Rhinoceros Fan (BCR91)(BS25)

KOAN:

One day, Yanguan called to his assistant, “Bring me the rhinoceros fan.”
The assistant said, “It is broken.”
Yanguan said, “In that case, bring me the rhinoceros.”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 91 & Book of Serenity, Case 25

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Excerpt November 15, 2017

Meeting the Inconceivable – from ‘Bring Me the Rhinoceros’

John Tarrant

You might think of consciousness as a lamp, making a cone of light on the surface of a desk. Outside the yellow circle everything is dark and unknown. The usual way of approaching things is to try to extend the yellow circle into the darkness. Or perhaps to drag objects in from the dark. That is conceivable. This meditation takes things the other way. n.d.

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