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February 12, 2015


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From Han Shan's autobiography:

"Then, when I got up and started to leave, I stopped on the temple steps and looked amazed at the courtyard. A strong wind had started to blow, tearing leaves from all the trees. The air was filled with them! Yet, the leaves were motionless. They were just there, suspended in the air. And all was so serene! Finally I had perceived something with my Buddha Eye! So this was the whirlwind that destroys but does not move. And again I understood that the ego-mind continuously moves like a flow of air or water, **but what it sees is actually stable--a matix which all things pulse in and out of. Now I understood! My ego-mind had decided that a certain configuration of matter was leaf, and then my ego-mind had decided to string together a series of images and call this series movement: blowing leaves. In reality, there was no I standing on the steps. There were no steps. There was neither wind nor blowing leaf. My ego mind put arbitrary boundaries on matter and time, and gave things name and form. But reality perceived directly without my intervening ego mind, was nameless and formless and timeless!"

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