When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
IS ZEN A CULT?
Visitor 1: Is Zen a cult? --------1 : formal religious veneration : WORSHIP 2 : a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents 3 : a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents 4 : a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator *health cults* 5 a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad b : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion. MU
CT: No. None of what you have put down here has anything to do with it. All of them are just people's thoughts, properly, yours.
It is very simple and practical: When working, just work. When tired, just rest. When hungry, just eat. When thirsty, just drink. When sleepy, just sleep. When taking care of others, just take care of them. When taking care of yourself, just take care of yourself... Do each job at a time.
Visitor 2: Welcome old man. But...too little words for an old and deluded man last months! Now I finally feel the smell of wet soil after the storm, out of my cave!
CT: It is like the weather, isn't it?
When it rains heavily you get wet from top to toes.
When it is extremely hot, you get burned from toes to top.
And in both cases, you would hide yourself in your cave. Right?
Sometimes one word is too much and sometimes ten-thousand words are still too little.
Visitors & CT 05/2/29/03
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