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.

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