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Q273. Student: “Do a guest and a thief come together or separately?”

A. Master: “Together all the time.”

Student: “How can I tell them apart?”

Master: “Speak to them. One who speaks to you is a thief, and the other who doesn’t is a guest.”

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Commentary:

Don’t mistake a guest as being dumb. If you ask him about the true-self, he never fails to give you a correct answer.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

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Q261. Master: “When a guest comes, you should take care of him, but when a thief comes, you should turn him away.”

A. Student: “How shall I take care of a guest?”

Master: “Don’t welcome him.”

Student: “How should I turn away a thief?”

Master: “Don’t reject him.”

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Commentary:

If there is anyone you should serve or fight against, you are still being deluded by illusions.

 

 

©Boo Ahm

 

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Q258. Master: “When a guest comes, you should take care of him, but when a thief comes, you should turn him away.”

A. Student: “What is a guest?”

Master: “Just passed by.”

Student: “What is a thief?”

Master: “A guest.”

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Commentary:

What you think is a guest is a thief, and what you think is a thief is a guest.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway