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Those who believe that a permanent and stable enlightenment can be got from the koan practices of Zen without any other sort of preparation can find no support for their belief in the higher truth of India--the original fountainhead--or any other Buddhist land. The koan cannot by itself bring more than a temporary glimpse that at best will necessarily fade away.

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 3: China, Japan, Tibet > # 164

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