Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Qingyuan Xingshi [W-G: Ch’ing-yuan Hsing-ssu / J: Seigen Gyoshi]

                Qingyuan Xingshi, an heir of the Sixth Patriarch, provided this famous description of Zen training:  
                “Before I began the study of Zen, mountains were mountains and waters were waters.  When I first achieved some insight into the truth of Zen through the benevolence of my teacher, mountains were no longer mountains and waters no longer waters.  But now that I’ve attained to full enlightenment, I’m at rest, and mountains are once again mountains and waters are waters.”

[Qingyuan Xingshi – Zen Masters of China: 75, 78, 95]

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