The Stone mind
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The Stone mind

Hogen, a Chinese Zen teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. One day four travelling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves. While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said, “There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?” One of the monks replied, “From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind.” “Your head must feel very heavy,” observed Hogen, if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind. —  In The New Sunday Express

February 9, 2017

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