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Date Posted: 13:54
Author: Mike C - 27 Aug 2001
Subject: Koan from Blue Cliff Record

Pai Changs Wild Ducks a Koan from the Blue Cliff Record.

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The whole world does not hide it-his entire capacity stands alone revealed. He encounters situations without getting stuck- with every move he has the ability to assert himself. In his phrases there's no partiality- everywhere he has the intention to kill people.

But say, in the end, where do the Ancients go to rest? To test I'm citing this old case: look!

Case:

Once when Great Master Ma and Pai Chang were walking together they saw some wild ducks fly by. The Great Master asked, "What is that?" Chang said, "Wild ducks. The Great Master said, "Where have they gone?" Chang said, " They've flown away." The Great Master then twisted Pai Chang's nose. Chang cried out in pain. The Great Master said, "When have they ever flown away?

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