Phap Hien was a Vietnamese Zen master. He lived in the late 5th century and early the 6th century. When he was a young monk at the Phap Van Temple he met Vinitaruci (?-594) who was one of the successors of Seng-tsan, the Third Patriarch...
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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