One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
When one's mind in a delusion state, he will see "buddhas" and "sentient beings".
When one's mind in a delusion state, he will tightly hold on views and insights.
If one sees that every one and thing are buddhas, why does he look down and hurt others while they are buddhas like he is?
When one really is in the awakened state, neither points of view nor insights are longer needed.
Why did the Buddha call himself a Buddha? It's very simple: HE IS ALWAYS AWAKE. He does not hold any views or insights. He speaks and does nothing to hurt any other. He only speaks and does things that bring peace. In him, Perfect Wisdom, Great Compassion, and Humility are one. This is why he is always the Buddha.
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