by oneself

The truth is never taken 

From another

One carries it always

By oneself.

Katsu

                                          ~Tetto Giko*

byoneself (1)

The word katsu cannot really be translated conceptually.  It is a sharp cry used by the Zen teacher and pupil at the moment of enlightenment.  The cry appears in many Chinese and Japanese Zen writings and can be heard even today within monastery walls. *

* source:

Japanese Death Poems

Yoel Hoffman

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4 thoughts on “by oneself

    • … all we experience (the ‘world’ as well as the self’) is created by thought, or the cognitive process of sense perception and conception. ~Gambhiro Bikkhu. “The-One-Who-Saw”

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