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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: CASE 18. ON THE MUMONKAN
vertical line Posted on Dec.06.2016 @ 03:21PM EDT by ---T e
CASE 18. TOZAN'S THREE POUNDS OF FLAX

A monk asked Tozan, "What is the Buddha?"
Tozan answered, "Three pounds of flax!"

Mumon's Comment: Tozan's Zen is like a clam. When the two halves of the shell open, you can see the whole inside.
However, now tell me, "What is Tozan's real insides?"

Just "Three pounds of flax!" pops up,
His words are close, and yet his heart is closer.
Anyone who explains this or that, yes and no,
is himself the man of yes and no.


MY COMMENT TO CASE.18 WILL BE WITH CASE.38


CASE 38. GOSO'S BUFFALO

Goso asked, "A water buffalo goes out of his "enclosure." The head, the horns, and the four legs go through, but why doesn't the tail, too?"

Mumon's Comments:
If you can open your one eye (to the question) and say an awakening word, you will be able to repay the Four Obligations and help the Three Bhava being saved. If you still have not gotten it, take a close look on the tail and awake yourself.

If the buffalo goes through, he will fall into the abyss,
If he retreats into the enclosure, he will be butchered.
This little bit of a tail,
that is a strange thing indeed!


As Mumon said at the epilogue,
to be aimless is the genuine aim of the master.



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Reply from ---T e
Dec.06.2016
06:24PM EDT 
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vertical line I bond to automatic.
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Reply from ---T e
Dec.12.2016
06:08PM EDT 
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vertical line When your practice improves, and you have good control over your desires and your everyday life, then you will have big freedom from everything. That is the goal of our practice, both for priests and for lay people.

Take care of your practice. Be very kind with yourself.


Shunryu Suzuki
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Dec.12.2016
06:10PM EDT 
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vertical line You see?When there is no self you get freedom.
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Reply from zbishak
Jan.01.2017
11:34AM EDT 
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vertical line when there is "no self" what is it that gets freedom as there is no longer a "you"

freedom is a fabrication as is restriction,
where there are no restrictions, none seek freedom
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Reply from Enver m.
Jan.01.2017
02:39PM EDT 
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vertical line YOU KNOW the answer.
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Reply from zbishak
Jan.01.2017
06:35PM EDT 
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vertical line If i known the answer then there a "me" and an "answer".
that makes two.

and its just not two like the old men of zen say
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Jan.01.2017
07:09PM EDT 
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vertical line yo enver you may have something there,
the "me or you/ego" is just the wiggly thing covering the butt,keeping the flies off,
thinking its the whole buffalo
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Jan.02.2017
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vertical line When you become the answer THE Answer Comes I heard.

So it is not two always when you know the answer.

"yo enver you may have something there,the "me or you/ego" is just the wiggly thing covering the butt,keeping the flies off,thinking its the whole buffalo"

as this statement is telling yourself as well as you mention I guess.
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Reply from zbishak
Jan.02.2017
05:26AM EDT 
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vertical line if you are saying the tail knows the answer
then its still stuck in the window,
and is waqgging with happiness
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Reply from Enver m.
Jan.02.2017
07:37AM EDT 
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vertical line ./\.
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Reply from Enver m.
Jan.02.2017
09:55AM EDT 
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vertical line Good Morning!
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Reply from zbishak
Jan.03.2017
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vertical line the answer known
though no one knows it
and the buffalo no longer led by the tail

goodnight enver
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Jan.03.2017
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vertical line I'm afraid not.

A japan theater
Opens day close night
far from homeland
playing:"Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
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