Student: “Teacher, which are the words I can say?”

Teacher: “You can say any word, Ragetsu. You see: Words are for everyone.”

Student: …

Teacher: “Yes, it can make one quite speechless, can it not.”

Student: “It is not that, teacher, which I was contemplating about.”

Teacher: “What was it then?”

Student: “It would have sounded more natural to me if you had said Lemmata are universal in their utterability, teacher.”

Teacher: “Yes, that is what I was saying.”

(from: Kawasaki Saburō, Zen in Modern Japan)

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