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Still More Snow II

The crispness and quiet and clarity of a snowy landscape. 

A monk said to Tozan, "Cold and heat descend upon us. How can we avoid them?" Tozan said, "Why don't you go where there is no cold or heat?" The monk said "Where is the place where there is no cold or heat?" Tozan said, "When cold, let it be so cold that it kills you; when hot, let it be so hot that it kills you."

Case 43, The Blue Cliff Record
Tozan's Cold and Heat 

Go here for the complete Hekiganroku (Blue Cliff Record). Stay warm. (thx for the koan, Jason)  

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