A monk asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chien Paling:
-What is the difference between the meaning of the Sutras and that of the Patriarch?
The master replied:
-When it is cold, hen would go up on a tree and duck down to water.
A breath is a moment in time. There is no past and no future. A breath is like the refresh button on your computer. It clears the past screens and you start over in your Buddha nature. Somewhere in the guts of your machine the past karma lingers but it has nothing to do with you. As you follow your breath it is a space-time continuum; it has no mass but it has a rhythm. mu