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  Chang-ch'o, an educated man, once asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chih-t'sang:
-Is there paradise or hell?
Chih-t'sang replied:
-No.
Chang-ch'o protested:
-That is not correct. When I was studying under the priest... 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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