One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
REALIZE THIS AND GRASP AT NOTHING
A student asked: -For all the different people who have come to listen to your words, please tell us about the way you have found and know. The Buddha answered: -When you take things it is because of a thirst, a clinging and a grasping. You should lose that, and lose it altogether, above, below, around, and within. It makes no difference what it is you are grasping. When you grasp, you are losing your freedom. Realize this and grasp at nothing. Then you will cease being a creature of attachment, tied to the power of death.
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