Friday, January 28, 2011

Only the mind is moving - Part I

Three Bikkhus were taking a walk in the morning sun.  As they strolled along  they passed by a pennant blowing in the wind.  The first Bikkhu said, "Look at that – the wind is in motion."

"No, no, no." said the second Bikkhu. "It is the pennant that is in motion."

"But you are entirely wrong," insisted the first Bikkhu, "It is the wind that is moving. I can feel it."

"Nevertheless," replied the second Bikkhu, "all you need do is look and you can tell that the motion comes from the pennant."

The argument continued along these lines, with each man insisting he was right.

Finally, the third Bikkhu -- who had been silent all during this dialogue -- spoke up.

"Dear friends! I am afraid you are both mistaken," he said gently. "What actually is moving is your own mind."      ARGUMENT  – by Hui Neng

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