Friday, April 27, 2007

Kill the Buddha

"Whether you are facing inward or facing outward, whatever you meet up with, just kill it! If you meet a buddha, kill the buddha. If you meet a patriarch, kill the patriarch. If you meet an arhat, kill the arhat. If you meet your parents, kill your parents. If you meet your kinfolk, kill your kinfolk. Then for the first time you will gain emancipation, will not be entangled with things, will pass freely anywhere you wish to go."

--Linji, in The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi: A Translation of the Lin-chi lu by I-Hsuan, translated by Burton Watson

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