Phap Hien was a Vietnamese Zen master. He lived in the late 5th century and early the 6th century. When he was a young monk at the Phap Van Temple he met Vinitaruci (?-594) who was one of the successors of Seng-tsan, the Third Patriarch...
THREE KINDS OF JUMPING
There are three kinds of jumping when people confront an abyss of blaze on their road.
-Firstly, when confronting an abyss of blaze, there were the ones - who might be called the greatest stupid persons - without a word, would immediately jump into it, get themselves burned totally and liberated since.
-Secondly, there were other ones who were neither stupid nor intelligent would be hesitating to jump into the abyss of blaze until some other person gave them a push and they would fall into it, get burned to death and liberated, too. These and the above, afterall, were not different.
-Thirdly, there were persons who were very or most intelligent would immediately make a jump, too, not into the abyss of blaze but into a little bucket of water. Therefore, they are still living day-by-day in this world.
What kind of jumping would you take when you confront the abyss in your road?
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