One day when P'ang layman (740-808)was selling bamboo baskets at the market place of Hung-chou. Seeing a monk begging alms, he took out a cash and said:
-Can you tell me how to appreciate alms?
The monk had nothing to say.
THE POSSIBILITIES OF THE MIND'S POWER
In short, it can be said that the possibilities of the mind power are unlimited. With various practices of meditation, one may attain and perform one or more or all of the abilities below: -the eye can see everything in the world; -the ear can hear every sound in the world; -he can know his past lives and others', as well as the present lives and the future ones; -he can read others' thoughts; -he can reach anywhere in a flash; -he is in the extintcion of cankers. The first five are not allowed to practice or perform according to the monastery disciplines, because if the one who attains them may still be with selfish desires that will harm others and himself. All of these first five are just by-products from practicing meditation for the sixth or the last one: the extinction of all kinds of cankers.
Untill he attains the sixth or the last one, he then may practice or perform any of the first five when necessary. The sixth or the last one is usually encouraged to be practiced and used to benefit others and himself.
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