by oneself

meditative journey with saldage

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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