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  Suiwo, the disciple of Hakuin, was a good teacher. On a certain day a certain pupil came to him, and Suiwo gave him the problem, "Hear the sound of one hand." The pupil remained three years, but could not pass the test. One night he came... continue...

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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

ChonTri 04/17/2009


 



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