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If experiences are experienced as they are;
not as what we want them to be,
they will be very different experiences –
of truth itself, in its different manifestations.

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The great Chinese monk Master Hong Yi (1879-1942) had a good friend, the well-known educator Xia Mianzun. One day, Mr Xia came to visit and saw that he was eating just a small dish of salted vegetables. Unable to restrain himself, Mr Xia asked, ‘Isn’t that too salty?’ Master Hong Yi replied, ‘Saltiness has its salty flavour.’

Having eaten, Master Hong Yi poured a glass of plain boiled water and drank it. Mr Xia asked again, ‘Isn’t that too tasteless?’ Master Hong Yi replied with a smile, ‘Tastelessness has its tasteless flavour.’ Mr Xia was very touched… [Note: After enough saltiness, have enough water.]

Chinese Zen: A Path To Peace And Happiness
Wu Yansheng (Translated By Tony Blishen)

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