Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



The Book Of Equanimity

Illuminating Classic Zen Koans

By: Gerry Shishin Wick


” Seeking it oneself with empty hands,

you return with empty hands;

in that place where fundamentally nothing is acquired,

you really acquire it.”

By Master Keizan


(Page 194)


Hermit Poet’s Comments: Even though this poem is about the search for enlightenment, it can also be used when seeking knowledge or trying to accomplish something important.  I find that sometimes if I try too hard to do something, then the task becomes more difficult. 


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