Thursday, 17 March 2016

Yuanwu Keqin [W-G: Yuan-wu K’o-ch’in / J: Engo Kokugon]



                Yuanwu Kequin told his students, “The heat of a candle flame can’t compete with the heat of the sun. The chill of a breeze can’t compete with the chill of the moon. The legs of a crane are long, those of a duck, short. The pine is tall and straight; brambles are short and tangled. Geese are white; ravens are black. That’s the way it is. When you grasp this, then all things will be your teacher.”

[Yuanwu Keqin – Zen Masters of China: 292-93, 296]

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