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  Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one
master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.

Desiring to show his attainment, he said: "The mind,
Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist.
... 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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