11
Mar
06

koan


CONFUSION AND THE BEAUTY OF LIFE-N-DEATH
What has one been seeking for through thousands of years?
Once one was born he already lives long enough to die.
Between his birth and death is his own confusion.
With confusion, he grows up and gets educated, gets married and has children, and lives his life in contradictions and conflicts in himself.
With confusion, he treats his spouse and children.
With confusion, he reasons, argues, and quarrels with his friends and others.
With confusion, he tries to make order from chaos, and the order he made is also a confusion.
With confusion, he makes love for pleasure and tries to live in peace, but he just gets suffered.
With confusion, he makes wars against his opponents for punishment.
With confusion, he creates philosophy, theory or practice, and fights to death for it.
With confusion, he starts searching truth, the first cause of everything, Creator, God or whatsoever… and fights to death for it.
With confusion, he escapes from the facts of life and run into jungles or forests, into monasteries or temples…and lives there until the death comes.
With confusion, he makes himself a leader or a follower of a faith or belief, of religion or a political party, and fights to death for it.
With confusion, he builds churches or centers, and creates more confusion for himself and others.

If he could realize what he’s seeking for and doing are just the confusion itself and the confusion is himself and himself is the confusion, then the confusion would immediately stop itself and he would stops seeking himself. And at that moment, the Beauty of Life and Death is right front of his eyes, right under his nose, right in his heart-mind-body. The Beauty of Life and Death is his Heart-Mind-Body itself and his Heart-Mind-Body is the Beauty of Life and Death. His Heart-Mind-Body is the Ultimate Truth itself and the Ultimate Truth is his Heart-Mind-Body itself. There is no more seeking for whatsoever.

AWAKENED ONE
When one’s mind in a deluded state,
he will see "buddhas" and "sentient beings".
When one’s mind in a deluded state,
he will tightly hold on views and insights.
If one sees that every one and thing are buddhas,
why does he look down and hurt others while they are buddhas like he is?
When one really is in the awakened state,
neither views nor insights are longer needed.

Why did the Buddha call himself a Buddha?
It’s very simple: HE IS ALWAYS AWAKE.
He does not hold any views or insights.
He speaks and does nothing to hurt any other.
He only speaks and does things that bring peace.
In him, Perfect Wisdom, Great Compassion, and Humility are one.
This is why he is always the Buddha.

BODHISATTVA & BUDDHA
One day the deluded old man was asked by a man:
-How do you define a Bodhisattva?
-A Bodhisattva is the one who will not sink when walking on water and will not get burned when going through fire?
-And how do you define a Buddha?
-A Buddha is the one who will not sink when walking on water, and will not get burned when going through fire.
-So, what is the difference between a Bodhisattva an a Buddha?
-When a Buddha wants to sink, he immediately sinks or when he wants to get burned, he immediately get burned.
Meanwhile a Bodhisattva can’t sink even when he wants to sink, he can’t get burned even when he wants to get burned.

BODY-N-MIND AS BODY-N-MIND
Apart from this body-n-mind, nowhere else the consciousness can be.
When one is in ignorance, his body-n-mind is the one of ignorance.
When he’s indulging in desires, his body-n-mind is the one of desires.
When he is in anger or hatred, his body-n-mind is the one of anger or hatred.
When he is awakened, his body-n-mind is the one of awakening.
What one needs to do is to be aware and awake at every moment.
When the mutation occurs in him, everything immediately falls in its place.
 
TRUE RELIGION & NON-RELIGION
Q: True religion is no different to non-religion. There isn’t any room for Buddha and such in the mind of the ordinary man. Burn his statue and walk away with his soul.
A: Where there is religion this old mountain man will not abide.
Where there is non-religion this old monutain man will be gone fast.
In here, there is no room for even the mind, so let alone ordinary man and buddha and such.
If anyone would like to burn statues of the Buddha, he can do as he likes, but he no way can burn them to the last one. And there is nothing for him to take with when walking away because they had nothing – even soul.
Q: Thus! Thus! and no more but bags of air!!!  
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