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Unformatted text preview: where Huineng is contradicting Shenxuis first two lines. How can the body be the bodhi tree and the mind a clear mirror if everything is nothing and nothing is everything? The other verse that was written after Huinengs does contradict Shenxuis first two lines. Instead of the body, the mind is the bodhi tree. When analyzing the verse together, Shenxui is trying to make the point that you need to constantly exercise your mind through meditation and self reflection. On the other hand, Huineng is arguing that Buddha nature is always clean, you just need to realize that it is clean. I think of it as: the mirror is clean, it is your eye that is dirty. If you reached true enlightenment, then you would realize that Buddha-hood is for all. You do not need to be educated and routinely polish the mind, but instead realize that Buddha-hood is always clean and pure....
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- Spring '11