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Q345. Christians say that Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins. How should we understand this?

A. Buddhism has similar metaphors. Buddha said, “Those who want to see me through my voice and body won’t see me.” He also said, “Kill me when you meet me if you do want to see me.”

 

According to the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus once said, “When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father.” Who is one who was not born of woman? He is not one who is doomed to birth and death. You should know him. ‘Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins’ means that he died on the cross in public in order to teach people that his physical body was not him and tell them not to be deluded by the illusion of his body. If you cling to the idea that the young crucified person is Jesus, you are being deluded by an illusion. In other words, you can see the true Jesus when you are free from the illusion of Jesus.

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Student: “Why did Jesus die on the cross, saying that his father was almighty?”

Master: “Don’t insult him. He didn’t die but gave his teaching.”

 

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Q306. Student: “What happens when a tree withers and all its leaves are fallen?

A. Master: “Its body is revealed.”

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Commentary:

Look look. Do you see its body now?

Don’t say that it is beyond words.

Even a child can explain it.

 

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Q279. Master: “Your true-self was before this world was created, and it will not collapse even when the whole universe collapses.”

Q. Student: “What is the true-self?”

A. Master: “Your body.”

Student: “This also collapses when the universe collapses. What is the true-self?”

Master: “Your body.”

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Commentary:

Don’t say that your body collapses.

If you know how it collapses, your true-self will be clear before you.

 

 

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Q253. What is the best posture for Zen meditation?

A. There is no fixed best posture for Zen meditation even though sitting upright is commonly said to be the best posture, especially for novices. The best posture is the posture that can enable you to focus all your attention to your question.

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Student: “What is the best posture for Zen practice?”

Master: “Don’t sit. Don’t stand. Don’t lie down.”

Student: “What posture shall I take then?”

Master: “Any posture that helps you focus on the question is the best because your true-self neither sits, lies, nor stands.”

 

 

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Q231. Student: “What is the true-self?”

A. Master: “What do you think it is?”

Student: “I have no idea.”

Master: “You are right.”

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Commentary:

Master opens the shell and offers the flesh.

Why do you try in vain to eat only the hard shell?

 

 

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Q210. Student: “What is the true-self?”

A. Master: “A room”

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Commentary:

To take you out of a room is not difficult.

However, it is very difficult to take the room out of you.

 

 

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Q203. If I find myself affixed to a single path to truth: the path of prayer and praise, or the path of kindness and love, or the path of wisdom and meditation, or any other path of a singular mode, am I going in the wrong way?

A. No, you are not wrong at all. Feel free to choose any path that appeals to you and concentrate on seeking the root from which the path comes. Whichever path you may take, you will come to take the same way after all because they are from the same root, the truth that is not dual.

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We should realise the fact that all other things, as well as all paths, are from the same root even though they may look different from each other. The root is the very truth. To realise what the root is should be the final goal of all religions.

 

 

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Q171. Student: “What are you like when your body is not you?”

A. Master: “It’s like a mountain.”

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Commentary:
Oh! Mountain!
It’s also like a rat.
If I were asked the question, I would say, “A mountain runs like a rat.”
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Q138. What am I when my body is not me?

A. The source of all suffering.

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Commentary:
When you don’t know it, it’s the source of all suffering.
When you know it, it’s the source of happiness.
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Q135. Student: “What am I when my body is not me?

A. Master: “It can’t be explained with words.”
Student: “How can I experience what can’t be explained with words?”
Master: “You are doing it now.”
Student: “Why can’t I recognise it?”
Master: “Tell me what can’t recognise it.”

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Commentary:
Oh! Poor student!
He is talking in his sleep. Why doesn’t he know what is using his mouth while speaking?
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