26
May
08

zen story


Mind At Ease
 
It was a dark, snowy and windy night. Hui Ko, the Second Patriarch of Zen Sect in China, went to see Master Bodhidharma.
Hui Ko asked, "Could you please teach me the supreme Buddhist Dharma?"
The Master said, "You can’t learn the Dharma from others."
Hui Ko said, "I have trying to search for Dharma myself, but in vain. My heart is unsettled. My mind is ill-at-ease. Master, please pacify my heart for me."
The Master replied, "Give me your heart and I’ll try to calm it down for you."
After pondering for a long time, Hui Ko said, "I have been searching for my heart, but I cannot find it."
Bodhidharma said instantly, "Now, I have comforted your heart already."
Hui Ko was enlightened all of a sudden. It is impossible to show the heart as its existence is only an illusion. The whole process of the creation and cessation of the heart, or the mind, is also an illusion.
When we are void of the illusion, the ‘heart’ is not there at all. Without any attachment, the pure Buddha’s nature is revealed. The mind is finally at ease.
 
 
Mind & Nature
 
A novice monk went to Ch’an Master Hui-chung and asked, "Ch’an is another name for mind. ‘Mind’ is the true nature that is neither more in the Buddha nor less in the average person. The Ch’an patriarchs change the name of this ‘mind’ into ‘nature. May I ask, Master, what is the difference between mind and nature?"
 Hui-chung answered, "There is a difference when one is deluded. However, if one is enlightened, there is no difference."
The novice further asked, "The sutra states that the Buddha-nature is permanent whereas the mind is impermanent; why do you say that there is no difference?"
 Master Hui-chung patiently replied, "You only understand this by the characters and not by its implication. For instance, when the temperature drops to the freezing point, water will freeze into ice, and when the temperature rises, ice will melt into water. Similarly, when one is deluded, one’s self-nature will turn into the mind, and the mind will turn into self-nature when one becomes enlightened. The mind and self-nature are originally the same. The distinction depends on whether one is deluded or enlightened."
FInally, the novice understood.
 
 
The Worries of Buddha
 
A devotee asked Ch’an Master Chao-chou, "Does the Buddha have worries?"
Chao-chou exclaimed, "Yes!"
The devotee queried, "Buddha is already enlightened, so why does he still have worries?"
Chao-chou answered, "That is because you are still not liberated from suffering."
The devotee inquired, "If I cultivate myself and become liberated from suffering, will the Buddha still have worries?"
Chao-chou again exclaimed, "Yes!"
The the devotee questioned again, "If I am already liberated, why does the Buddha still have worries?"
Chao-chou declared, "Because many beings still exist!"
The devotee asked, "But it is not possible to liberate every being from suffering. Does this mean that the Buddha will always have worries and can never transcend them?"
Chao-chou answered, "The Buddha has already transcended and detached himself from worries."
The devotee questioned, "If all beings have not been freed yet, how can the Buddha no longer have any worries?"
Chao-chou replied, "Because within the self-nature of the Buddha all beings have already been freed."
At this point, the devotee seemed to have attained a further understanding.
 
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