Yangshan once asked his teacher, Zen master Guishan of Mount Gui, “How is it when millions of objects emerge all at once?”
Guishan said, “Blue is not yellow. Long is not short. All things abide in their own positions. It does not concern me.” Yangshan bowed.
Student: “What did Guishan mean by ‘Blue is not yellow. Long is not short’?”
Master: “He meant that Oneness is many.”
Student: “What did he mean by ‘All things abide in their own positions’?”
Master: “He meant that many are Oneness.”
Student: “Why did he say that it didn’t concern him?”
Master: “In order to warn Yangshan not to be fooled by attractive looking Maras.”
The most plausible words are not as good as no words.
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