​Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

The Zen of mind science

Provided below is a Zen story useful in the illustration of the nature of the delusive ways of the mind. Usually, if you carry too much false knowledge or inaccurate teaching of Truth, these become your cross and baggage that impede you from gaining higher attainments in the journey to the Ultimate Liberation of the Soul.
Hogen, a Chinese Zen Teacher, lived alone in a small temple in the country. One day four traveling monks appeared and asked if they might make a fire in his yard to warm themselves. While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity.

He joined them and said: “There is a big stone. Do you consider it to be inside or outside your mind?”

One of the monks replied: “From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an objectification of mind, so I would say that the stone is inside my mind.”

“Haha! Your head must feel very heavy,” observed Hogen, “if you are carrying around a stone like that in your mind.”

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