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?
HOT OR COLD
When it's hot or cold, one's body feels hot or cold, and it needs to undressing some clothes to cool itself down or putting on some more clothes to warm itself up, that is its intelligence.
When one's mind or soul gets hurt and it looks for some place that, it thinks, would be neither hot nor cold to abide, this is its ignorance. And with this action of looking for a place like that, it is going into one more layer of ignorance.
What is the mind's or soul's intelligence?
CT: When it suddenly realizes that looking for something like that is its ignorance and stops looking for it, at that moment, that's is its intelligence.
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