One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters, has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
OBJECTIVITY AND SUBJECTIVITY
Things have never declared themselves empty, nor have they declared themselves form; and they have not declared themselves right, wrong, defiled or pure. Nor is there a mind that binds and fetters people. It is just because people themselves give rise to vain and arbitrary attachments that they create so many kinds of opinions, and give rise to many various likes and fears. Just understand that things do not originate of themselves. All of them come into existence from your own single mental impulse of imagination mistakenly clinging to appearances. If you know that mind and objects fundamentally do not contact each other, you will be set free on the spot. Everything in a state of quiescence right where it is; this is the very site of enlightenment.
Ch'an master Pai-chang
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