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While one ignorant attains awareness he's a saint. whilst a saint starts to appreciate he's ignorant. it really is larger to achieve brain than physique. whilst brain is learned one needn't fear approximately physique. whilst brain and physique develop into one the fellow is loose. Then he wishes no praising. 10. Seizei on my own and terrible A monk named Seizei requested of Sozan: ‘Seizei is by myself and terrible. Will you supply him aid? ’ Sozan requested: ‘Seizei? ’ Seizei spoke back: ‘Yes, sir. ’ Sozan stated: ‘You have Zen, the easiest wine in China, and have already got complete 3 cups, and nonetheless you assert that they didn't even rainy your lips. ’ Mumon’s remark: Seizei overplayed his hand. Why was once it so? simply because Sozan had eyes and knew with whom to deal. having said that, i would like to invite: At what aspect did Seizei drink wine? The poorest guy in China, The bravest guy in China, He slightly sustains himself, but needs to rival the wealthiest. eleven. Joshu Examines a Monk in Meditation Joshu went to a spot the place a monk had retired to meditate and requested him: ‘What is, is what? ’ The monk raised his fist. Joshu spoke back: ‘Ships can't stay the place the water is just too shallow. ’ And he left. a number of days later Joshu went back to go to the monk and requested a similar query. The monk replied an identical approach. Joshu acknowledged: ‘Well given, good taken, good killed, good kept. ’ And he bowed to the monk. Mumon’s remark: The raised fist used to be a similar either occasions. Why is it Joshu didn't admit the 1st and licensed the second? the place is the fault? Whoever solutions this is familiar with that Joshu’s tongue has no bone so he can use it freely. but maybe Joshu is incorrect. Or, via that monk, he could have stumbled on his mistake. If an individual thinks that the one’s perception exceeds the other’s, he has no eyes. the sunshine of the eyes is as a comet, And Zen’s task is as lightning. The sword that kills the guy Is the sword that saves the guy. 12. Zuigan Calls His personal grasp Zuigan referred to as out to himself each day: ‘Master. ’ Then he responded himself: ‘Yes, sir. ’ And after that he further: ‘Become sober. ’ back he responded: ‘Yes, sir. ’ ‘And after that,’ he persevered, ‘do no longer be deceived via others. ’ ‘Yes, sir; sure, sir,’ he spoke back. Mumon’s remark: previous Zuigan sells out and buys himself. he's establishing a puppet convey. He makes use of one masks to name ‘Master’ and one other that solutions the grasp. one other masks says ‘Sober up’ and one other, ‘Do no longer be cheated through others. ’ If an individual clings to any of his mask, he's unsuitable, but if he imitates Zuigan, he'll make himself fox-like. a few Zen scholars don't realize the genuine guy in a masks simply because they realize ego-soul. Ego-soul is the seed of delivery and dying, And silly humans name it the real guy. thirteen. Tokusan Holds His Bowl Tokusan went to the eating room from the meditation corridor preserving his bowl. Seppo was once on responsibility cooking. whilst he met Tokusan he stated: ‘The dinner drum isn't but crushed. the place are you going along with your bowl? ’ So Tokusan back to his room. Seppo informed Ganto approximately this. Ganto acknowledged: ‘Old Tokusan didn't comprehend final fact. ’ Tokusan heard of this comment and requested Ganto to return to him.