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  The master Bankei's talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras not indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts of... 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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