CASE 4: The World-Honored One Points to the Ground

When the World-Honored One was walking with his assembly, he pointed to the ground with
his hand and said, “This place is good for building a temple.” Indra2 took a stalk of grass
and stuck it in the ground and said, “The temple has been built.” The World-Honored One


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Irony is not a sign of spiritual growth

1. Irony is not a sign of spiritual growth
2. Happiness is a choice
3. Freedom means no one left to shoot out
4. Don’t antagonize people
5. Take responsibility

CASE 3: The Indian King Invites the Patriarch

A king of Eastern India invited the twenty-seventh patriarch, Prajna Tara, for a meal. The
king asked, “Why don’t you recite sutras?” The patriarch said, “The poor way1 does not stay
in the world of subject when breathing in, and has nothing to do with the world of objects
when breathing out. I am always reciting the suchness-sutra in millions and millions of


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32. Emptiness

The gentlest thing in the world
will override the strongest.
Emptiness pervades everything
though it has no substance.
By this I understand the value of non-action.

To teach without words and
to be useful without action:
Few among us are capable of this.