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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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LIFE AND DEATH
-What is death?
-Doesn't know.
-What is life?
-Doesn't know.

Who got to cry, just cry.
Who got to laugh, just laugh.

Like a yellow leaf
Leaving its branch,
Each and every of human beings
Will be leaving this world the same way.

Anyone who sits at the root
Will be seeing this truth.
And will laugh freely when his time comes.

ChonTri 12/31/2007


 



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