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How are you? I have been away for sometime, as I was busy. Change in plans, migrated to Australia, not Melbourne and with family in India, will try to move back to India after the current work assignment is over.
Over the last few days, from a library book-shelf, saw a book titled something like 'Songs of Enlightenment by Ancient Chan Masters' written by Chan master Sheng Yen. Read this very insightful book, then came to know the names of some ancient Chan masters. Searched in Google for those Chan masters and got few links containing their teachings and some other URLs related to Zen, so thought of just sharing it with you all as a Christmas gift from me to all of you:
In the URL https://terebess.hu/zen/xinming.html in its web-page, a very insightful dialog is written, just copy-pasting below for easy reading:
Beyond this traditional story, a few dialogues involving Zen teacher Niutou are preserved in the classical records.
A monk asked Niutou, “The people known as ‘saints’—what dharmas should they cut off and what dharmas should they attain so that they can thus earn this title?”
Niutou said, “Those who don’t cut off or attain even a single dharma—they are called ‘saints.’”
The monk then asked, “If they don’t cut off or attain a single dharma, what difference is there between such people and common people?”
Niutou said, “There is a difference. Do you know why? Because common people try to rid themselves of afflictions and they delusionally scheme for gain. There is nothing that is fundamentally lost or gained by the true mind of a saint. That is why there is a difference.”
The monk then asked, “In considering what is attained by common people and what is not attained by saints, where does the difference lie between this attainment and nonattainment?
Niutou said, “The difference lies in that what is attained by common people is delusional, whereas the nonattainment of saints is not delusional. For the deluded, there is a difference in these two viewpoints, whereas saints do not recognize a difference.”
The monk then asked, “Please describe the viewpoint of those saints who do not recognize the difference in these two views.”
Niutou said, “The terms ‘commoner’ and ‘saint’ are but false names. Within these two false names there are actually not two things, and thus there is no difference.”
Hope you all find the above URLs insightful.
May you all be peaceful, happy, safe, protected, healthy, strong, have ease of well-being and accept all the conditions of the world.
Unconditional loving kindness (Metta) to all sentient beings.
May all sentient beings be peaceful, happy, safe, protected, healthy, strong, have ease of well-being and accept all the conditions of the world.