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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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Q.147 Student: “What are you when your body is not you?”

Master: “A rat.”

Student: “Why do you say that you are a rat?”

Master: “What shall I say I am?

Student: “Buddha Nature.”

Master: “My rat is much better than your Buddha Nature.”

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Commentary:

What a wonderful rat! What poor Buddha Nature!

A rat swallows Buddha Nature in a single gulp.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway