Citizen of the World

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“To a Buddhist there is no far or near,
no enemy or foreigner, no renegade or untouchable,
since universal love realized through understanding
has established the brotherhood of all living beings.

A real Buddhist is a citizen of the world;
regarding the whole world as his motherland
and all as his brothers and sisters.”

-Ven. Narada in his work Buddhism in a Nutshell

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Have a Cup of Tea

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Joshu asked a new-comer monk, “Have you just arrived?”
“Yes,” replied the monk. “Then have a cup of tea,” said Joshu.

He asked another monk, “Have you just come as well?”
“No,” replied the monk.
“Then have a cup of tea,” said Joshu.

The Head monk (Inju) asked,
“Why do you offer tea to a new arrival in just the same way
as you offer tea to one who has been here for a while?”

“Inju!” said Joshu. “Yes?” asked the Inju.
“Have a cup of tea!” said Joshu.

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Obaku: The Only Difference is…

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It is a fact that there is nothing to be attained.

If you become enlightened in an instant,
or as a result of long practicing the Ten Stages,
the resulting enlightenment is the same.

One is not shallow, nor the other deep.

The only difference is
that the latter simply involves ages of pain and labour.

-Obaku school/sect of Zen

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The Obaku school of Zen thought is often referred to as the third main sect in Japan and has the most Chinese-like flavor. It was established in the 1660’s by Chinese Linji Ch’an Buddhist monk, poet and calligrapher Yinyuan Longqi.

Hui-neng: Words and Letters

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 When asked how he could understand the Sutras even though he was illiterate, didn’t have a proper teacher and could not even know the meanings of the [Mahayana Sanskrit] words, young Huineng replied, “The profound meaning of all the Buddhas has no connection with words and letters.”

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