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Dhammapada:
Verses and Stories

Dhammapada
Verse 175
The Wise
Travel Beyond The Worldly

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Verse
175. The Wise Travel Beyond The Worldly

Swans upon the sun’s path fly,
the powerful through space,
conquering Mara and his host
away from the world the wise are led.

Explanation: The swans fly away in the sky - as the path of the
sun. Those possessing psychic power travel through the sky. Those diligent,
wise saint conquer death with his armies and leave the world and reach Nibbana.

Dhammapada Verse 175
Timsabhikkhu Vatthu

Hamsa diccapathe yanti


ikase yanti iddhiya
niyanti dhira lokamha

jetva maram savahinim.

Verse 175: Swans travel in the sky; those with supernormal powers
travel through space; the wise having conquered Mara together with his army, go
out of this world (i.e., realize Nibbana).


The
Story of Thirty Bhikkhus

While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse
(175) of this book, with reference to thirty bhikkhus.

Once, thirty bhikkhus came to pay homage to the Buddha. When they
came in, the Venerable Ananda, who was then attending on the Buddha, left the
room and waited outside. After some time, Thera Ananda went in, but he did not
find any of the bhikkhus. So, he asked the Buddha where all those bhikkhus had
gone. The Buddha then replied, “Ananda, all those bhikkhus, after
hearing my discourse, had attained arahatship, and with their supernormal
powers, they let travelling through space.”

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:


Verse 175: Swans travel in
the sky; those with supernormal powers travel through space; the wise having
conquered Mara together with his army, go out of this world (i.e., realize
Nibbana).

 

 

http://www.aboutzen.info/perceive/koan.htm

Koan - Kung’an - Zen Riddle

Master Hui
Neng meets Hui Ming, a monk that was a four star General in his previous, lay
life.  He was rough and hot tempered.  Such people are often great
monks because their need is great.  Hui Ming asks the Master for
instruction.

The Master
instructs him to refrain from thinking and blank his mind.  After a
considerable time the Master asked him “When you are thinking of neither
good, nor evil, what is at that particular moment, Venerable Sir, your
original face?”

Hui Ming was
suddenly awakened with awareness.

Here are some
sample koan.

A monk
requested “I have entered the monastery: please give me some
guidance”

Master Zhao
Zhao replied ” Have you eaten breakfast yet?”

“Yes”

“Then go
wash your bowl”

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When Yunyan
was sweeping, Douwu said “Too busy”

Yunyan said
“You should know when there’s one who isn’t busy”

Douwu said
“If so, there’s a second moon”

Yunyan held
up the broom and said “Which moon is this?”

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A monk asked
“What is the living meaning of Zen Buddhism?”

Master Zhao
Zhao replied “The cypress tree in the yard”

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A monk asked
Joshu “Does a new born infant still have six consciousnesses?”

Joshu
replied “A ball tossed into rushing water”

The monk
asked “What is the meaning of “A ball tossed into rushing
water”?”

Joshu
replied  “Moment to moment non-stop flow.”

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Q: “What is the
sound of one hand clapping?”
A: “The sound of
one hand clapping koan that became a cliché.

OK then. . .


Q:

What is a koan?

A: Koan
reads:
http://www.aboutzen.info/images/kkungan.gifin Chinese
and Japanese.  The characters literally mean “public
case”.  They are sometimes referred to as “Zen riddles”.
They are short “problems” assigned by a Zen master to a
student.  The student meditates on it to break thorough their reliance
on conventional logic. 

http://www.aboutzen.info/images/divider.gif

Background
Early Zen masters in China used unconventional methods of training.  Yelling,
striking students, apparently illogical conversations and behaviour and
preventing students from taking notes.  One of these was koan. 
Most koan are situations and related questions from famous Masters. 
They cannot be answered logically, but through the student’s insight into
heir true nature.  Accordingly the correct answer is not the same from
one student to another.  A teacher may give a student a particular koan
according tot heir analysis of the student’s needs and abilities.  The
student goes away and in future meeting with the teacher, discusses their
progress on the problem.

Many koan were
complied by students about 1,000 years ago into several, now famous
books.  Some of the best  known are the Blue Cliff Record
and The Gateless Gate, but Master Hui Neng’s Platform Sutra
contains a really good one.  To paraphrase:

 

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