When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
The Buddha once said something like this: "Each of the external and changing states can be returned to its original cause. For example: light can be returned to the sun, darkness can be returned to the waning moon, clearness to open doors and windows, obstruction to walls and houses, causes to diversity, emptiness to the relative voidness, a confused environment to unconsciousness, and clear perception to the awakened state. Nothing in the world goes beyond these conditions..."
Now the d.o.m. would like to add some words in this way:
When the flesh and bones of your body return to the soil element; the blood, sweat,saliva, urine...return to the water element; the heat of your body returns to the fire element; the breath returns to the air element; your seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and thinking return to the space element; then anything will remain and where it will be?
If one said, "Yes," he would be man of eternalism or absolutism.
If one said, "No," he would be a man of nihilism.
A true Buddhist does not belong to neither of them.
What would you say?
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