Showing the Moon

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Showing the Moon

The 2nd illustration talks about a nice story in which a nun is questioning Huineng’s understanding of the teachings. Enjoy the dialogue and the images, and let us know your thoughts.

One day a nun asked the 6th Chinese Zen patriarch, Huineng:

– I’ve studied Nirvana Sutra for many years, but there fragments that I didn’t understood. Do you think that you can explain them to me?
– I’m sorry but I can’t read. If you would read them for me, I’ll might help you.
– If you can’t read, how can you understand the truth beyond the words?
– The truth is not about words. The truth can be compared with the moon. And words can be compared with a finger. The truth is not about words. The truth can be compared with the moon, and words can be compared with a finger. I can use my finger to show you the moon. But the finger is not the moon. Do you need my finger to see the moon?

The language is just an instrument to express the truth, is just a mean that helps us to get enlightened. To confuse the words with the truth is as ridiculous as confusing the finger with the moon.

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