A monk asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chien Paling:
-What is the difference between the meaning of the Sutras and that of the Patriarch?
The master replied:
-When it is cold, hen would go up on a tree and duck down to water.
I HIDE NOTHING FROM YOU
One day Huang Sanku, a Confucian scholar asked Hui-tang Tsu-hsin (1025-1100), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters: -What is the Great meaning of Budhha dharmas? Hui-tang replied: -Confucius once said: "I hide nothing from you." Neither does Zen. Do you understand what this means? Sanku said: -No. I don't. Therefore, Hui-tang said: -Follow me to the back side of this mountain... When they were at the place where some osmanthus flowers were blooming and the fragrance was very sweet. Hui-tang asked: -Do you smell the sweet osmanthus? -Yes, I do. -See, I hide nothing from you, either.
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