The following are untamed outtakes from Zen Master Raven: Sayings and Doings of a Wise Bird.

Essential Nature


One early morning, Woodpecker flew in for a special meeting with Raven and asked, ”I’ve heard about essential nature, but I’m not sure what it is. Is it something that can be destroyed?”

Raven said, “That’s really a presumptuous question.”

Woodpecker ruffled her feathers a little and asked, “You mean I shouldn’t question the matter?”

Raven said, “You presume there is one.”


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