Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
DREAM OR REALITY
When one took it as a dream, then it would be a dream to him.
When one took it as a reality, then it would be a reality to him.
If the two of them met each other on the road, Each of them would take his own position. At first it would be a talk. Next, it would be an arguement or a quarrel. Then it would be a fight. At the end, it would be black-n-blue. It would not be the way to understand each other.
That is why a whole man would not take it in either way.
He sees it as-it-is: It comes, it lasts, it passes away, whether it is a dream or a reality. It comes, it lasts, it passes away, whether it is true or false.
That's why it's called "Thus Comes and Thus Goes".
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