One day Ananda said to the Buddha, “Sir, when I went to the castle today, I saw a peculiar thing.” The Buddha said, “What peculiar thing did you see?” Ananda said, “When I entered the castle, I saw a group of people dancing, but I didn’t see them dancing at all when I came out of the castle.” The Buddha said, “I also saw an unusual thing when I entered the castle yesterday.” Ananda asked, “What unusual thing did you see?” The Buddha answered, “When I entered the castle, I saw a group of people dancing, and I saw them still dancing when I left the castle.”
Student: “What were the peculiar things that the Buddha and Ananda saw?”
Master: “Why don’t you see the peculiar thing now?”
Student: “I don’t see anything peculiar now.”
Master: “I am seeing it now, but you are not although we are together in the same place at the same time. How peculiar it is!”
The one peculiar thing you see is more important than thousands of peculiar things that the Buddha and Ananda saw.
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