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...
WHEN WORDS CHANGED
CT: I wonder: When the words changed, did the fact or the truth also change?
Or when the words changed, is it that only the words were replaced by another word in one's thinking - in other words, this thought was just replaced by another thought?
When the thought changed with the words, did one get out of his disorder, confusion...and stand on the Land of Truth, Beauty, Compassion, and Freedom?
Visitor: From the beginning of time to 1500 A.D., the center of the universe was the earth and the stars and planets circled around us. This was the truth. From 1500 to till today we are not the center of the universe and we revolve around the sun which is in the Milky Way which is a galaxy. This is the truth. What will be the next truth? The truth has no staying power. The truth changes from second to second. MU
CT: No. What you're talking about is just the views of human beings - here the scientists' views, when they looked at the universe at different points of time - changed and not the universe iftself or the viewer himself changed. This is like the parable of five blind men used their hands to "see" the different parts of an elephant's body, for example, or when the man named Steve was stung by someone's words he got upset and when he was praised by good words of someone else, he felt very happy, didn't he? The bad words replaced by the good words and the man seemed have been changed but the substance of the "he" actually did not changed. This is why it can be said that he is as old as the Homo Sapien woman circa 150,000 years ago!
Visitor: I must think about this or better yet no think about it. MU
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