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Q243. Student: “What is pure mind?”

A. Student: “What is pure mind?”

Master: “Rotten shit.”

Student: “What is dirty mind?”

Master: “Beautiful flowers.”

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Commentary:

Don’t aim at the shadow on the ground of a game bird when it has flown away high in the sky.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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Q216. Student: “What is the true-self?”

A. Master: “Behold the puppets prancing on the stage, and see the man behind who pulls the strings.”

Student: “Who is the man?”

Master: “He is pulling the strings now.”

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Commentary:

Seeing leaves fluttering, we can be aware of the existence of wind.

Seeing a feather flying in the air, we can be conscious of the existence of a bird.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway