When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
WHAT IS THE WORLD?
Posted on Aug.08.2009 @ 10:58PM EDT by chontri
What, monks, is the world? The eye and shapes, the ear and sounds, the nose and smells, the tongue and tastes, the body and tactile objects, the mind and mental objects - these form the world as we know it.
When an eye and a shape are there, then the consciousness of seeing arises. From this consciousness of seeing comes sensation; that which is sensed is thought over; that which is thought over is projected outward as the external world.
So I declare that in this six-foot-long body with its perceptions and thinking lies the world, the beginning of the world, the ending of the world, and the way to the ending of the world.
From "Majjhima Nikaya" of the Buddha Edited by Anne Bancroft
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