Zen master Yantou was once asked by a monastic, “What can I do when the three worlds all arise together?” Yantou said, “Sit still.” The monastic said, “I don’t understand what you mean, Master.” Yantou said, “Bring Mount Lu here and I will tell you.”
Student: “What did Yantou mean by ‘Sit still’?”
Master: “He taught the monastic how to avoid the three worlds.”
Student: “What did he mean by ‘Bring Mount Lu here and I will tell you’?”
Master: “He showed the old shelter in which to avoid the three worlds.”
What arises later is not stronger than what is already there.
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