fredag 25 februari 2011

Ekayāna 2


Monk Fa Ch'ang visited Ma Tsu and asked him what was the Buddha*. Ma Tsu said, "Your mind is Buddha." He immediately gained enlightenment.

Then he stayed in a remote mountain for many years. To test him out, Ma Tsu sent a monk to visit him. The monk asked Fa Ch'ang, "What did you gain from Ma Tsu which has enabled you to stay for so many years in this place?" Fa Ch'ang said, "He told me that the mind itself was Buddha." The monk said, "But Ma Tsu has changed his teaching now, he is now saying that it is neither mind nor Buddha." Fa Ch'ang said contemptuously, "This old fellow always tries to confuse people. Let him have his neither mind nor Buddha, I will still hold my 'mind is Buddha.'"

Being informed of this remark, Ma Tsu was very pleased and said, "Now the plum is really ripened."


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If you think that the point of this story is that "the mind is Buddha", you deserve 50 blows.


If you think that the point of this story is that "the mind is not Buddha", you deserve 50 blows.

If you think that the point of this story is that "the mind both is and is not Buddha", you deserve 50 blows.

If you think that the point of this story is that "the mind neither is nor is not Buddha", you deserve 50 blows.



Image: Rena Jones
Quoted text: Garma C.C Chang
* For non-Buddhists: the word "Buddha" is synonymous with the word "Truth".

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