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.
WHAT IS NOT BUDDHA DHARMA?
A monk came to say good bye to Ch'an master Niaowo (Bird's Nest). He said: -Thank you, Sir, for everything you've done for me. Now I got to go. Niaowo asked: -Where will you go? -Any place where I can learn Buddha dharmas. -Of Buddha dharmas, I got some. -Where is it? Niaowo pulled a thread out of his cloth sleeve, and asked: -Is this not a Buddha dharma?
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