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Re: [Icehouse] Zendo rules

  • FromTimothy Hunt <games@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 10 Mar 2009 11:23:31 -0500
On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 10:17 AM, Joshua Kronengold <mneme@xxxxxx> wrote:
> Christopher Hickman writes:
>>On Mar 9, 2009, at 8:57 PM, Doug Orleans wrote:
>>> Playing With Pyramids says in multiple places that a koan has one or
>>> more pyramids.  The null koan is an obvious variant that lots of
>>> people allow, but I prefer to disallow it because of the ambiguity of
>>> rules like "contains only grounded pyramids".
>>Could somebody explain the ambiguity of this rule in relation to the
>>null koan?
> There isn't any.  It's clearly true for the null koan.

You're half right.  There isn't any ambiguity.  However, it's clearly
NOT try for the null koan.  All koans with the buddha nature have
grounded pyramids in them (which might be a half-rule you come up with
in the process of guessing the rule).  The null koan does not.

Yes, I'm being a little facetious with my comment about ambiguity.
But just because YOU see it as unambiguous and rule one way doesn't
mean that someone else can't see it as unambiguous, and rule the other
way.  Both of you would be convinced that there was no ambiguity.


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