15 years in my pocket

by | Aug 7, 2023

For the last 15 years I’ve been carrying a book around in my pocket. It’s called Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. I’m not a zen Buddhist, but this book has taught me loads. In one story, someone accidentally makes soup with chopped up snake in it. In another, a teacher answers the question:

‘What is Buddha?’

By saying: 

‘This flax weighs three pounds.’

I don’t take lessons in clarity from this book. But it has shown me that there are infinite ways to say what you mean — and to communicate well, you have to adapt to the audience you’re talking to. 

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