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  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... continue...

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LOOKING AT THE SUN
Suppose there is a man who'd like looking at the sun, wherever he goes, he keeps looking for the sun and looks at it.

When he found the sun and looked at it - whatever kind of the sun it is - what else would he do?

Should he keep looking at the sun all the time or look at something else which exists on this earth?

If he keeps his eyes toward the sun all the time, does he see anything else except for the sun?

If he keeps doing so non-stop at all, some day his eyes will not be able to see anything at all, even the sun.

Therefore, if he wants to see anything else he should turn his back to the sun and he will see the Wholeness of Life on this earth.

ChonTri 11/05/03


 



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