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What are the three statements of Rinzai?

It is important that in Zen we do not get moved around by words. Zen is about experiencing one´s true master. In the three statements, Rinzai frankly speaks about the experience of the true master.
First Statement: When the Buddha held out the flower and Makakasho saw it, this was before words. It is called mind to mind. The mind of the Buddha and of Makakasho is pure thus no explanation is needed.
Second Statement: If words are used, these word take away people´s doubts, dualism, judgement, understanding, so that they may realize original mind. A monk asks Joshu, does a dog have Buddha nature? Joshu answers Mu. This Mu is not U, neither is it nihilistic. It is taking away all interpretations. Depending on how much you can become MU you will realize your original mind.
Third Statement: Using Teishos as a tool, guiding others to the truth of mind. Trying to understand the words is not the true encounter with one´s original mind.

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