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Q. If there is nothing to depend on and be attached to, what did ancient patriarchs transmit to each other?

A. You should not be deceived by the word ‘transmit’ since, as mentioned previously, all words are illusionary. The true-Self cannot be moved and has never been moved at all. It can neither be gained nor be lost. The historical Buddha didn’t try to transmit the true-Self to us that he had brought from somewhere else but tried to confirm that everything, including us, is the true-Self and that there is nothing that is not the true-Self. This is why an ancient master said, “One person transmitted falsely but ten thousand people transmitted truly” when he was asked to comment about the Buddha’s remark ‘I transmit the true Dharma I have to Mahakasyapa’. The master meant that although the Buddha said such words for the purpose of revealing the true Dharma, true-Self to the people who attended his talk, all but Mahakasyapa, deceived by the Buddha’s words, believed that the Buddha transmitted something to Mahakasyapa. who received it.

Student: “What is it that the Buddha transmitted to Mahakasyapa?”

Master: “It is in your hands as well.”

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