One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
Posted on Oct.21.2012 @ 03:38AM EDTbyjustin
the source of Buddhism is the Buddha, his message is passed on by sutras.
If i do not know something and i have found the buddha's words ring true to me (through experience) as a begining point to my own experience. Then would not it make sense to not invent all amazing things to talk about such as enlightenment, satori and just in a way ask the buddha? (read the sutras?) and proceding this point experience the information?
or should i run around sprouting all kinds of ideas of the top of my head?
It is much harder to argue against sutras (and to continue to claim budhism as the source of the espoused ideas) when confronted with the source material.
I think it is easy to forget what it is (buddhism/Zen) and so it is important to occasionally re read the source for clarity and path designation.