A soldier came to Hakuin and asked "Is there really a paradise and a hell?"
"Who are you?" inquired Hakuin.
"I am a samurai," the warrior replied.
"You, a samurai!" exclaimed Hakuin. "What kind of ruler would have you as his guard?...
THE DICHOTOMY OF ZEN
Visitor: I hear from the forum that Zen has no structure, no absolutes, and no rules. Yet I see solutions offered on the forum which rely on black bean Buddhism. Can you guys (and lady) have it both ways?
CT: If one can see things as-they-are, there is no such a thing called dichotomy of Zen or black bean Buddhism at all. All the words have been said are a means to help, no more no less. However, if one would like to run after words, of course, he could do what he wants.
Visitor & CT 10/29/03
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