"Some people can answer many kong-ans, but they don't try. Then the kong-an never becomes theirs. So, the purpose of the kong-an is to give us correct direction so our life can become correct. 'If you go south ten miles you will find gold. Go over there and find it!'
Anyone can understand these directions, but if they don't actually walk ten miles south they will never get the gold. 'I understand that ten miles south of here there is a mountain. Inside the mountain there is a cave and inside the cave there is gold. I understand that completely.' Wonderful, but if you don't do it, you don't get it. So, only understanding a kong-an cannot help you; cannot help your life."
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