From ‘ BASO (MA−TSU) AND SEKITO (SHIH−T’OU), TWO GREAT MASTERS OF THE T’ANG DYNASTY’, in “Manual of Zen Buddhism”, by D.T. Suzuki


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A monk asked: “How does one get emancipated?”

The master said: “Who has ever put you in bondage?”

Monk: “What is the Pure Land?”

Master: “Who has ever defiled you?”

Monk: “What is Nirvana?”

Master: “Who has ever subjected you to birth−and−death?”

[…]

A monk asked: “What is the meaning of the First Patriarch’s coming from the West?”

Master: “Ask the post over there.”

Monk: “I do not understand you.”

Master: “I do not either, any more than you.”

From ‘ BASO (MA−TSU) AND SEKITO (SHIH−T’OU), TWO GREAT MASTERS OF THE T’ANG DYNASTY’, in “Manual of Zen Buddhism”, by D.T. Suzuki

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