594. murderous kōans

a villager ran to the guru and cried, “murder! murder in the village!”

the guru said, “take me there!”

so the villager lead the guru to the temple of the Goddess. someone had painted ‘lies!’ across the front door.

the guru shook his head. “putting paint on a door is not murder.”

the villager replied, “it will be when we catch him.”

this kōan was written for sherri karber, who pledged $3 to the guru’s school and requested the topic of ‘murder.’ pledge $3 and the guru will write a kōan on any topic you request.