Fayan was once asked by a monastic, “I learned in the sutras that all dharmas are based on the non-abiding origin. What is the non-abiding origin?”
Fayan said, “Form is born from formlessness and name comes from the unnameable.”
Student: “What is formlessness?”
Student: “What is the unnameable?”
If you are not deluded by words, form is formlessness, but if you are, the unnameable is a name.
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