July 09th, 2019

Since Dharma is a nameless thing, one cannot reach it with words. Since it is a formless thing, one cannot touch it with mind. The very moment one tries to say anything, one loses one's original mind.

If one loses one's original mind, Buddha's flower-holding and Mahakasyapa's smile just become meaningless stories and finally become dead things.

For those who gain from the mind, not only the chatters in the markeplace become good teaching of Dharma but also the songs of the birds and the cries of the beasts ring real.

Xishan (1520-1604)