Ervin wrote:And does all that come from Sakyamuni Buddha himself?
Ervin wrote:So Buddha was a Zen master?
Ervin wrote:Does flower being pretty, what I mean is you know it looks good and its pleasant to an eye . Does that have anything to do with why he picked up the flower?
Ervin wrote:Actually, you got me itchy now about the centre. Are there any in Melbourne, Australia? Sowhere close to the city.
Ervin wrote:I have heard someone say that in Zen there is a saying that if you see Buddha kill him. Does that mean have something to do with equanimity? Or is it just a nonsense?
Linji wrote:Followers of the Way, if you wish to see this Dharma clearly, do not let yourselves be deceived.
Whether you turn to the outside or to the inside, whatever you encounter, kill it.
If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha; if you meet the patriarchs, kill the patriarchs; if you meet Arhats, kill Arhats; if you meet your parents, kill your parents; if you meet your relatives, kill your relatives; then for the first time you will see dearly.And if you do not depend on things, there is deliverance, there is freedom!
Linji wrote:This pervades everything; it is in the worldly and in the sacred, in the pure and impure, the fine and the coarse. The most essential thing is that you refrain from making labels, such as fine or coarse, worldly or sacred, and (mistakenly) think that by naming them you now know them. But the fine and the coarse, the worldly and the sacred cannot be known to man by the name only.
Followers of the Way, realize this and make use of it, but do not slap labels on it, for these tend to be like pen-names, only creating mystery.
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