At 21:36 -0500 2006-12-19, Brian Campbell wrote:
Katsu, in Zendo, is when you knock a koan over, so you lose the structure and might not be able to put it back together properly. For instance, a weird piece balanced on the tip of an upright piece is fairly easy to bump and knock over accidentally. Or two weird pieces, both grounded, balanced precariously with their tips touching each other. I think those are what would be considered "katsu traps", since they're so easy to cause a katsu on.
Yep. Ideally, this would mean that bumping the table could cause all the koans with a white stone to change in some way while the ones with a black stone are unaffected. Unfortunately, this can mean a lot of judgment calls.
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