When a master was asked if there were any difference between the Buddhism of the Sutras and Zen Buddhism, he said, “When the weather turns cold, wild fowl fly up into the trees and ducks go down to the water.”
Student: “What does ‘When the weather turns cold, wild fowl fly up into the trees and ducks go down to the water’ mean?”
Master: “Climb up a tree and you will fall to your death. Go to the water and you will be drowned.”
He who says one thing and does another is not a saint.
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