Once, after a discussion of the doctrine, Dōgen instructed:“It is not good to overwhelm another person with argument even when he is wrong and you are right. Yet it is also not right to give up easily, saying ‘I am wrong,’ when you have every reason to believe you are right. The best way is to drop the argument naturally, without pressing the other person or falsely admitting that you are wrong. If you don’t listen to his arguments and don’t let them bother you, he will do the same and not become angry. This is something to watch carefully.”

—A Primer of Sōtō Zen: A Translation of Dōgen’s Shōbōgenzō Zuimonki, by Reihō Masunaga, An East-West Center Book, Published for the the East-West center by the University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1971. (http://bit.ly/oI7du6)