Buddha nature

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“Where is Buddha Nature?” Asked my Zen teacher.

“Neither inside, nor outside,” I answered.

My teacher spun around and placing his hip against
my left groin threw me to the mat.

“Where did you fall, inside or outside?” he asked.

“Neither, neither, just falling!” I replied getting up.

What does falling feel like?

“Like Nothing.”

“What does nothing feel like?”

“I don’t know.”

He laughed. “Keep not knowing that.”


Trying to perfect oneself is like trying to wrestle oneself to the ground.

When will such an endeavor end? And who will win?

The Zen Monk walked along bent over by a heavy sack he carried over his shoulder.

A Master came by and asked him, “What are you carrying in that sack?”

“My aspirations.”

“Where are you taking them?”

“I’m waiting to find perfection to drop them.”

“Perfection is right here. Look around!” said the master.

“There is nothing here but bushes and rocks.”

“You’ll see perfection in these rocks and bushes,
only if you drop your aspirations,” the master said.


When I entered the room my Zen teacher asked. “What’re you looking for?”

“Buddha Nature.”

“Don’t talk like that in my presence.” He gave me a look of disgust.

“What shall I look for?”

“Your own absence.”

“How do I find that?”

“Get out. Get out of my face, right now,” He yelled.

What an old rude fellow he was. If he found me in a hallway, he would yell, “Move aside. Make room. Why are you standing in the way?”


The Zen teacher ascended the platform and looked at us. “Why do you stare at me like dogs about to be fed? The Dharmakaya can’t be put into words.

It can’t be transmitted, it can’t be received; it’s because you want it, that you can’t have it. To transmit mind to mind both minds need to be empty.”

“How can I stop thinking?” I asked.

“Pay attention to something else.”


“Anything. The Dharmakaya is not this or that. It’s everything you look at and the mind you see it with.”

“So the Dharmakaya is the whole universe, then?”


“What is it then?”

“Nothing in particular.”

“I don’t understand.”


He descended the platform and walked away.


One Response to “Buddha nature”

  1. wow!! i’am laughing out loud here! how wonderful!

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