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  One day, when the brilliant Chinese Cha'n master Chao-chou was sweeping
the court of the monastery, a man asked him:
-Ch'an monastery supposed to be clean and pure. Why is there dust to sweep?
Chao-chou replied:
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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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