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The bodhi tree is originally not a tree, The mirror also has no stand. Buddha-nature is always clean and pure; Where is there room for dust? Another verse said: The mind is the bodhi tree, The body is the mirror stand. The mirror is originally clean and pure; Where can it be stained by dust? The body is the bodhi tree, The mind is like a clear mirror. At all times we must strive to polish it, And must not let dust collect. Matthew Wong East 252: Religions of China February 09, 2011 Response Paper Compare the two “mind-verses” from the Platform Sutra – Shenxiu’s (p.496) and Huineng’s (p.498). What do you think each means, how do they compare with one another, and why do you think the latter is praised while the former doesn’t demonstrate true understanding? To make comparing the two mind verses easier, I copied both verses here. Shenxiu’s verse is: while Huineng’s verse is: I would like to start off by comparing the first two lines from Shenxiu’s and Huineng’s verses. It seems to me that Huineng is just questioning Shenxiu’s thinking, almost to the point
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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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