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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.
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WHAT IS THE ALL?
The Buddha once taught the Bhikkhus about the All:

"I will teach you the All. Listen closely. What is the All? It is eye and visible object,
ear and sound, nose and scent, tongue and taste, body and feelings, mind and ideas.
This is the All.

If anyone says, "This All is not enough. I will claim another All," can it be done?
The speaker might believe it can, but he will not be able to show another All."

[from "Samyutta Nikaya" edited by Anne Bancroft.]


 



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