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A reader (who has my sincere thanks, and whose name I withhold at his request) tells me that the poem about the geese reflected in the lake is from the Zenrin Kushu, a study manual for Zen monks, compiled in Japan from primarily Chinese sources. He says that the poem is quoted by Ummon in The Gateless Gate, ca. 13th c. He also reports that the poem is of Ch’an (i.e., Zen) origin, which doesn’t preclude strong Taoist influence.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: