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The following is an excerpt from this issue:

Welcome dragons and elephants. Dragons and elephants is a traditional Zen Expression, although he sometimes used the expression dragons and snakes instead.

The difference between a dragon and a snake it that a dragon has a lot of energy, and creates lots of movement with the healthy energies. Snakes are supposed to be, in the Eastern traditions, a manifestation of wisdom. But they are really wiggly.

Interestingly, Dogen tells us not to discriminate too much between the wiggly snakes and dragons. The two are different, but they come together when we do not discriminate. The criterion for being a dragon is too let the whole system work – to let the whole of body and mind work… (Continued on page 1.)

Jikishoan Tokozan