Divrei ben Abuya

In the Babylonian Talmud, Elisha ben Abuya was a great sage who lost his faith in God. So great was he that his and subsequent generations continued learning from him - to the extent that the authors of the Talmud needed to create a story that would serve to legitimise his teachings despite his apostasy. His lesson is a lesson for us all: that great stature is not contingent upon blind faith, nor high learning upon the observation of Torah precepts.

July 31, 2006

Achieving Buddha Consciousness

Master Goso Hoen Zenji said,
It is like when a water buffalo leaves the safety of its enclosure to the edge of a cliff over an abyss. His horns, head, and hoofs pass through, but why can't his tail?

Wu-Men then added the verse:
If the buffalo runs, he will fall into the abyss;
If he returns, he will be butchered.
That little tail
Is a very strange thing.


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