David L. Willson writes: >Perhaps it's time to put the Eastern/Western question to bed by >introducing a third stone, a nice little clear or grey one to indicate >nullity. This is a variant -- three-state Zendo. IMO, there are a number of rules that are FAR easier in three-state zendo than they are in traditional two-state zendo -- as you can distinguish basic conditions ("all pieces are in a stack", "the koan contains exactly one upright large piece", "the koan contains exactly 3 pieces", etc) from conditions predicated on this (eg, the stack is in roygbiv order (yuch! but still), no piece crosses the diagonal rays extending from the upright large, the pieces are a Set via orientation, color, and size). >When the BN is not clearly TRUE or FALSE about a koan, the master >could put out a null stone. Ick, no. Your ground rules should put everything into sets, and if you get something that breaks your initial rules, you should fix them on the fly. But if you have a koan that contains a compound rule one of which is really a base condition for the rest, it's probably more fun to run it in three-state zendo (the signal for 3-state, of course, being that you start with a koan that has the buddha nature, a koan that does not, and a Mu koan). >When a koan doesn't have blue pyramids, truth and falsity become a >matter for the philosophers to wrangle over. I suggest that for a >koan without blue pyramids, the koan neither "has" nor "does not >have" the BN. Ick. Remember, there is no Zendo dictionary -- rules are whatever rules the master comes up with; there are no wrong rules, only too-hard rules and inconsistent rules. The advantage of three-state zendo is that rules that are arguably too hard in two-state zendo become much more tractable in three-state zendo. (as long as one does not abuse the format to create rules that are too hard in three-state). -- Joshua Kronengold (mneme@(io.com, labcats.org)) |\ _,,,--,,_ ,) --^-- "Did you know, if you increment enough, you /,`.-'`' -, ;-;;' /\\ get an extra digit?" "I knew," weeps Six. |,4- ) )-,_ ) /\ /-\\\ "We knew. But we had forgotten." '---''(_/--' (_/-'