Nanquan said to the assembly, “I don’t know about the existence of all the buddhas in the three worlds, but I do know about the existence of badgers and white oxen.”
Student: “Nanquan is a master. Why doesn’t he know about the existence of all the Buddhas while knowing about the existence of badgers and white oxen?”
Master: “You are a practitioner. Why don’t you know me whilst knowing badgers and white oxen?”
Seeing a single thing right before you is seeing everything right.
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