Thursday, 17 December 2015

Dajian Huineng [W-G: Ta-chien Hui-neng / J: Daikan Eno]



               The Sixth Patriarch, Dajian Huineng, once came upon a group of monks observing and discussing a flapping pennant.  The first monk said, “It’s the pennant that moves.”  Another objected, “The pennant is an inanimate object and has no power to move; it is the wind that moves.”  Then a third said, “The flapping of the pennant is due to the combination of flag and wind.”
                The Sixth Patriarch interrupted the discussion, telling the monks, “It’s neither wind nor pennant that moves, rather it’s your own minds that move.”

[Dajian Huineng – Zen Masters of China: 59-67, 72-73, 74, 78, 79, 80, 94]

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