Disclosing Is Not as Good as Practice
Zen master Huanzhong of Mount Daci said to the assembly, “To speak about ten feet is not as good as to practise one foot. To speak about one foot is not as good as to practise one inch.”
Dongshan Liangjie said, “Speak what cannot be practised. Practise what cannot be spoken.”
Student: “How can I speak what can’t be practised?”
Master: “Make what you speak become what you practise.”
Student: “How can I practise what can’t be spoken.”
Master: “Make what you practise become what you speak.”
Student: “Why can’t I do this?”
Master: “Because you don’t see and hear what you do and speak.”
When you hear with your eyes, what you speak becomes what you practice.
When you see with your ears, what you practise becomes what you speak.
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