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Ancient texts => Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on December 08, 2008, 04:59:07 PM

Title: Zen Stories
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 08, 2008, 04:59:07 PM
A philospher asked the Buddha: "Without words, without the wordless,
will you tell me the Truth?"

The Buddha kept silence.

The philosopher bowed and thanked the Buddha, saying:
"With your loving kindness, I have cleared away my delusions
and entered the True Path."

After the philospher had gone, Ananda asked the Buddha, what
he had attained.

The Buddha replied:  "A true horse runs even at the shadow of the whip!"

Mumon's Comments:

Ananda was the disciple of the Buddha.  Even so, his opinion did not
surpass that of outsiders.  I want to ask you monks: How much difference
is there between disciples and outsiders?

To tread the sharp edge of a sword,
To run on smooth-frozen ice,
One needs no footsteps to follow.
Walk over the cliffs with hands free!

(Source: Gateless Gate - Nyogen Senzaki.  Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.