a theory of coincidences, kōan 467.

“what is a coincidence?” the guru asked.

his students were all doodling or passing notes or whispering between themselves, so they did not answer.

“a coincidence is a moment of #zen. however, you must not think that a coincidence is a sign from the universe. it isn’t. the universe has bigger and better things to do. no, a coincidence is a sign from yourself. it’s your #zen mind reaching up into your brain, and telling you to pay attention to the world around you. so when you experience a coincidence, do not marvel or boast, but pay attention.”