One day a monk paid a visit to Tinh Khong (1091-1170), a Vietnamese Zen master, who was of the tenth generation of Vo Ngon Thong lineage, and asked:
-From old days it was talked about "direct pointing", what does that mean?
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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