2016-06-08

Blue Cliff Record 74

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Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku, Biyan Lu) #74
Jinniu and the Rice Pail

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At each meal, Master Jinniu himself would bring the rice bucket to the front of the Zen hall, dance there and laugh loudly, saying, "Dear Bodhisattvas, come and eat rice!"
(Xuedou said, "Although he behaved that way, he was not being kind.")
A monk asked Changqing, "An ancient worthy said, 'Dear Bodhisattvas, come and eat rice.' What does it mean?"
Changquing said, "That is exactly like praising and giving thanks to the rice."

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