Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BUDDHA NATURE? (MONKEY)
Posted on Apr.17.2009 @ 08:46PM EDT by chontri
Yangshan asked Zhongyi, "What is the meaning of buddha nature?"
Zhongyi said, " I'll tell you a simile: It's like putting a monkey in a room with six windows - when someone outside calls it, 'Simian! Simian!' the monkey then responds. In this way, when called through all six windows, it responds."
Yangshan said, "What about when the monkey is asleep?" Zhongyi got right down from his seat, grabbed and held Yangshan and said, "Simian, Simian, you and I see each other."
Thomas Cleary's translation
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