Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka....
WHERE ARE YOUR BUDDHA-DHARMAS?
There are some stones, trees, flowers, brooks, animals in the mountain where the old deluded man lives.
One day there was a visitor who came and asked him: -It seems there are many things around here, but where are your Buddha-dharmas, Sir? The d.o.m. said: -You see the big stones are big; the small stones are small. The tall trees are tall; the short trees are short. The white flowers are white and the red flowers are red. What Buddha-dharmas are you talking about?
The visitor asked for a cup of tea, then left after that.
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