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Transmigrating, For Now

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by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei

Ruiyan’s “Constant Principle”
Book of Serenity, Case 75

Introduction
Even as you call it ‘thus,’ it’s already changed. Where knowledge doesn’t reach, avoid speaking of it. Here, is there any investigating or not? 

Case
Ruiyan asked Yantou, “What is the fundamental constant principle?”
Yantou said, “Moving.”
Ruiyan said, “When moving, what then?”
Yantou said, “You don’t see the fundamental constant principle.”
Ruiyan stood there thinking.
Yantou said, “If you agree, you are not yet free of sense and matter: if you don’t agree, you’ll be forever sunk in birth and death.” 

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Why Beings Fare As They Do After Death

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by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Thus have I heard. On one occasion the Blessed One was wandering by stages in the Kosalan country with a large Sangha of monks, and eventually he arrived at a Kosalan brahmin village named Sala.

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The Original Question

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by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei

Zhao Zhou’s “Indestructible Nature”
True Dharma Eye, Case 288

Main Case
Zhao Zhou was once asked by a monastic, “Before the world existed, there was already the original nature. When the world is destroyed, true nature is not destroyed. What is this indestructible nature?”

Zhao Zhou said, “Four great elements and five skandhas.”

The monastic said, “They are destroyed. What is this indestructible nature?”

Zhao Zhou said, “Four great elements and five skandhas.”

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