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鸟来入瓶中,
以縠掩瓶口。
縠穿鸟飞去,
识神随业走。

《大智度论》  

When a bird comes to enter a vase within,
with fine gauze covered is the vase’s mouth.
When the gauze is penetrated, the bird flies to go off,
the consciousness follows karma to leave.

Treatise On Great Wisdom’s Perfection

[Note: Bird represents consciousness.
The vase represents new or old body.
Gauze represents karma that traps.
Flying off represents departure upon death.]

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