posted on Feb, 28 2017 @ 08:21 PM
Defining Orthogonal Thinking - Orthogonal thinking draws from a variety of, and perhaps seemingly unrelated, perspectives to achieve new insights.
It is the even momentary blurring of boundaries to see what might emerge.
When you read the following Koan, you will scratch your head a bit. By digging, you find seemingly unrelated directions to turn. The word orthogonal
means 'at right angles.' To think at right angles, you must connect the symbolism to the web of connecting meaning. From linguistics to hidden
related symbolism, this Koan has both humor and knowledge of Hebrew scriptures and linguistics.
Here's what we can do if you are interested. Tell me what you think this means to you. From this, I will lead you toward the higher meaning that is
QUESTION ONE: What does the man represent? Where is the humor? Believe me, when you see it, you will laugh.
Case 19-1 Xiangyan’s “Up a Tree”1
BOOK: Entangled Vines
Xiangyan Zhixian said, “It’s as though a person were up a tree, hanging from a limb by his teeth and unable to grab a branch with his hands or
touch the trunk with his feet. Someone under the tree asks, ‘What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from the West?’ If the person doesn’t
reply, he fails the questioner; if he does reply, he loses his life. In such a situation, how would you respond?”
The senior monk Hutou said, “I don’t care about climbing the tree. Please say something, Master, about before the tree was climbed!”
The master gave a hearty laugh.
Regarding this, Xuedou Chongxian commented, “It’s easy to speak when up a tree, hard to speak beneath it. This old monk will climb a tree.
Bring me a question!”
edit on 28-2-2017 by DayAfterTomorrow because: Bring me a question and I'll tell you....