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  One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters,
has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's... continue...

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FIRE & HAND
The fire does not intend to come to contact the hand;
The hand does not intend to reach out to contact the fire, either.
But when the man named Woodsman put his naked hand into the fire;
It gets extremely hot like hell and blistered really bad.
In crying, he ran out to share his burned experience with others.
Some would give him a vaseline bandage,
Some would give him a sigh,
Some would give him a laugh.
But none of them wants to have any experience like that,
because they already knew and sweared never touch fire again.

ChonTri 08/10/2004


 



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