Joshu said, “A clay Buddha cannot cross water because it collapses. A steel Buddha cannot cross a forge because it melts down. A wooden Buddha cannot cross fire because it burns. What is the true Buddha?”
Student: “What is the true Buddha?”
Master: “It never collapses, never melts down and never burns.
Seeing what doesn’t change in what changes is seeing the Buddha.
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