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Today's Koan [Aug. 15th, 2005|12:50 pm]
Nicodemus
At one time, Danxia Tianran stayed at Wisdom Woods Temple. During some extremely cold weather, he took a simple wooden statue of Buddha and burned it in the fire to get warm. The Temple Director got extremely upset with Tainran and yelled, "Why are you burning my wooden Buddha?"

Tianran pulled some burning embers from the fire and said, "I’m burning the buddha to get the sacred ashes from it."

The Temple Director said, "How can a wooden buddha have sacred ashes?"

Tianran said, "Well, if it doesn’t have sacred ashes, let’s burn a couple more of them."

Wudeng teaching recorded by Dachuan Lingyin Puji, translation by Andy Ferguson, tweaked by me.
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[User Picture]From: loriana
2005-08-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
I got a good laugh from that ;)

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: gingerdavid
2005-08-16 06:46 am (UTC)
No satori for you today, then.
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[User Picture]From: loriana
2005-08-16 09:47 am (UTC)
A laugh I got, yes- but only found in the truth behind the riddle.

I take things far to lightly not to laugh at what to many may be too serious a matter. *shrug*
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[User Picture]From: tarirat
2005-08-16 06:28 pm (UTC)

what is the sound of one paw clapping?

Sometimes things need to be destroyed in order for something else to be created. I'm surprised that the Director had such an attachment to the statue, if he was truly Buddhist. :o)
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