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How Will You See? Koans from Zen masonry


How Will You See?

In the days of the great cathedral builders, a student of Masonic philosophy came to study under a renowned master architect. When he was departing a few years later, the master warned him: “Studying the truth speculatively is useful as a way of collecting material for books and lectures. But unless you meditate constantly your Masonic light may go out, and then how will you see that which you are studying?”

 

Squared Ashlars, Hewn Timbers – Zen Masonry


A craftsman asked Grand Master Hiram Abif, “Would a Master Mason ever leave the Craft?”

Hiram replied, “Squared ashlars never go back to the quarry, and hewn timbers never return to the forest.”

via S « Zen Masonry.