One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
Posted on Apr.13.2019 @ 04:03PM EDTbyBobwidget
Observing animals. In particular cats when they sleep sometimes they rest so well they look almost dead. Now I'm sure a cat knows it is its body. But they also focus their somatic nervous system energy to form an attention. Observing some cats that square off to fight their attentions are alot more pronounced. This opposite of either being totally relaxed or focused sharply led me to the question does a cat have Buddha nature. For one their attentions can be directed. Two even though animals can be physically fast or strong or both they totally comprehend slowly. Very easily confused. On being aware I notice the less I try to decipher the quicker and more at ease I do. Even tho this cat is its body or life and has no separation within. It has a small minded attention unable to self reflect and know it can be automatically aware with its body instead. This knowing is our Buddha nature. Nothing more. Nothing less. No path. No direction. No goal. Unless we decide to make one.