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Moon of enlightenment

09 Feb

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“The night clouds dissolve
Hotei pointing at the moon
holds no opinion”

Moon of enlightenment
(One hundred aspects of the moon)
Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI
Japan
1839 – 1892
Hotei pointing with the finger to the moon
 

The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng, “I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me.”

The patriach responded, “I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain the meaning.”

Said the nun, “You cannot even recognize the characters. How are you able then to understand the meaning?”

“Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?”

The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon is the essence here. But what does this mean on a deeper level? How does it relate to todays everyday life? How can we understand the meaning in an useful manner?

The laughing Buddha Hotei is pointing to the moon, who was a monk who lived during the Later Liang Dynasty (907–923 AD) of China. Contentment and happiness being his defining attributes, Hotei has a cheerful face and a big belly.

 

003

The bottom of the bucket
which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out
the moon has no home in the water
(One hundred aspects of the moon)

 
2 Comments

Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Din intelepciunea oamenilor

 

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2 responses to “Moon of enlightenment

  1. mitchteemley

    March 20, 2016 at 00:04

    Great story.

     
    • Lightgleam

      March 20, 2016 at 01:16

      … I think, maybe, the essence of the world lies in the great and old stories, but endless…

       

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