A monk asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chien Paling:
-What is the difference between the meaning of the Sutras and that of the Patriarch?
The master replied:
-When it is cold, hen would go up on a tree and duck down to water.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF BUDDHA NATURE? (MONKEY)
Posted on Apr.17.2009 @ 08:46PM EDT by chontri
Yangshan asked Zhongyi, "What is the meaning of buddha nature?"
Zhongyi said, " I'll tell you a simile: It's like putting a monkey in a room with six windows - when someone outside calls it, 'Simian! Simian!' the monkey then responds. In this way, when called through all six windows, it responds."
Yangshan said, "What about when the monkey is asleep?" Zhongyi got right down from his seat, grabbed and held Yangshan and said, "Simian, Simian, you and I see each other."
Thomas Cleary's translation
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