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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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SOUL & NO-SOUL
If there were a soul as one believes in and tries to prove that it does exist,
Would his own ignorance, anger, greed or desire...be reduced or disappeared?
What is it that lies behind this kind of belief?

If there were no soul as one believes in and tries to prove that it does not exist,
Would his own ignorance, anger, greed or desire...be reduced or disappeared?
What is it that lies behind this kind of belief?

If there were a soul as one believes in and tries to prove that it does exist,
Would his own fear, restlessness, anxiety, sorrow, loneliness...be reduced or disappeared?
What is it that lies behind this kind of belief?

If there were no soul as one believes in and tries to prove that it does not exist,
Would his own fear, restlessness, anxiety, sorrow, loneliness...be reduced or disappeared?
What is it that lies behind this kind of belief?

If there were a soul as one believes in and tries to prove that it does exist,
Would the human race's conflicts, divisons, ocean of suffering be reduced or disappeared?
What is it that lies behind this kind of belief?

If there were no soul as one believes in and tries to prove that it does not exist,
Would the human race's conflicts, divisons, ocean of suffering be reduced or disappeared?
What is it that lies behind this kind of belief?

And this is also why it was said:
"The machine wheel does not move. When it moves, it run into either poles."

ChonTri


 



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