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Jungle Speaks

katsu

Nov 4, 2014

This is proper 'english'.

Línjì Yìxuán

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A monk asked: “What is the basic meaning of Buddhism?”

The Master gave a shout. The monk bowed low. The Master said:
“This fine monk is the kind who’s worth talking to!”

The Master said to a monk: “At times my shout is like the precious sword of the Diamond King. At times my shout is like a golden-haired lion crouching on the ground. At times my shout is like the search pole and the shadow grass. At times my shout doesn’t work like a shout at all. Do you understand?”

The monk started to answer, whereupon the Master gave a shout.