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Mind stopping

In an ancient Buddhist monastery in china, there was to be a competition to decide who follows in the master’s footsteps. Each monk that wished to come forward was to write a poem showing his understanding of Zen. The most advanced student, whom everyone expected to win, wrote the following:

The body is the Bodhi Tree
The mind like a bright mirror standing
Take care to wipe it all the time
And allow no dust to cling.

There was another student though, an uneducated peasant who, next day, wrote this:

There never was a Bodhi Tree
Nor bright mirror standing
Fundamentally, not one thing exists
So where is the dust to cling?

2 Comments

  1. Sherene wrote:

    And who won?

    Welcome back!

    Friday, April 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Permalink
  2. Anshul wrote:

    Thanks! As for for who won, the story goes on in a rather complicated fashion. The latter poem was adjudged to be closer to the truth, though.

    Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

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