2017-01-05

Book of Serenity 18

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Book of Serentiy (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #18
Zhaozhou's Dog

Case
A monk asked Zhaozhou, "Does the dog have buddha-nature, or not?"
Zhaozhou said, "It has" [U].
The monk said, "If it has it, why did it creep into that skin bag?"
Zhaozhou said, "Because it does so knowingly."
Another monk asked, "Does the dog have buddha-nature, or not?"
Zhaozhou said, "It has not" [Mu].
The monk said, "All living beings have buddha-nature.Why doesn't the dog have any?"
Zhaozhou said, "Because it is in its karma-consciousness."

Note
"All living beings have buddha-nature" is a quotation from the Nivana Sutra 7, 25.

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