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  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."

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK
You are what you think.
All that you are arises with your thoughts.
With your thoughts you make your world.

Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.

(From the Dhammapada of the Buddha
Adapted from the stranslation by Thomas Byrom)

Question:
When you're thinking, then you are what you think.
When you're not thinking, what are you then?

ChonTri 12/29/2010


 



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