Chinese Characters

Chinese characters for Love, Happiness, Tranquility, Loyalty, Prosper, Harmony

Hogen was a Chinese Zen teacher. He 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. He allowed them to do so.

While they were building the fire, Hogen heard them arguing about subjectivity and objectivity. He joined them and said, “Look over there. 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.”

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