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When phenomenal experience temporarily ceases does the Ox's tail pass through the latticed window?


The ox´s tail is just an example. The tail of the ox represents Buddha nature. Egoistic horns, conceptual head, desirous body - I want this, I distaste that, that is beautiful, this is ugly - those four feet have also passed the window, so why does only the tail remain? Because all that can remain is Buddha nature. This Buddha nature free from a small minded view has unending potential in society, so if this tail disappears, then also our work in society ceases. The Buddhist teaching is only about kensho. If you have this experience, then ego, concepts, desires, greed are gone and only pure mind instances remain, and it is only these continuous clear mind instances that can help humanity.


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