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September 29, 2008


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Just a note: it occurred to me immediately that Bodhidharma's "poisoned five times" could also be reference to the "five poisons" rather than a recollection of five assassination attempts. His rather strange reference to extract poison to examine it and the poison breaking the stone seems to indicate a contemplative activity rather than a medical one. This would also change the underlying meaning of the phrase "since I came here"...interesting stuff.

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