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  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?
Fa-yen repied:
-It's... continue...

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SILENCE
There is the silence between two noises or two sounds or two notes or two people.
There is the silence of deserts.
There is the silence of mountains and forests.
There is the silence of rivers and streams.
There is the silence of seas and oceans.
There is the silence of the sunlight of the sunrise.
There is the silence of the sunset and of the mid-night.
There is the silence of a dead tree.
There is the silence of a dead body.
There is the silence of a dead mind.
There is the silence of the blue sky.
There is the silence of the white or dark clouds in the blue sky.
There is the silence of the gusty winds through the valleys.
There is the silence of the thunders rumbling across the grey sky.
There is the silence of the Bright, Immense and Empty Mind
that embraces all kinds of noises without breaking up.

ChonTri


 



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