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  Phap Hien was a Vietnamese Zen master. He lived in the late 5th century and early the 6th century.
When he was a young monk at the Phap Van Temple he met Vinitaruci (?-594) who was one of the
successors of Seng-tsan, the Third Patriarch... continue...

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WHAT IS A KOAN FOR, SIR?
One afternoon, a gentleman paid a visit to the deluded old man.
After saluting to each other, and just before sipping the first cup
of green tea, the gentleman asked a question like this:
- What is a koan, and what is it for, sir?
- It is like a candy handed out to a baby who is crying in making him stop it.
- Then what is it for after the baby aready stops crying?
- Just put it aside.
- And what would you tell the baby when he is no longer crying?
- Just tell him do not get hurt and cry again.
- That's wonderful, sir!
- You are a crying baby, aren't you?

ChonTri


 



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