Monk Dao Qin

Yi Dou

PureInsight | January 30, 2006

[] During the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A.D.), there was a Buddhist monk named Dao Qin. He lived on Jin Mountain. When people asked him questions about the Buddha Law, he was always to give immediate, brief, simple yet very profound and meaningful answers.

One day Liu Yan, the governor of Zhong Prefecture, came to ask Monk Dao Qin how to follow the Buddha Law. With a small incense furnace in his hand, Monk Dao Qin answered, "Do not do any bad deeds. Follow the principle of kindness and do good deeds." Liu Yan refuted, "But even a three-year-old child knows about what you said." Monk Dao Qin replied, "These are things that even a three-year-old child knows about but even a 100-year-old man fails to follow."

One day a high-level government official named Cui Zhaogong asked him, "I would like to become a monk and start my cultivation practice. Do you think I can do it?" Monk Dao Qin replied, "Becoming a cultivator is something that only a genuine noble man is capable of. It is not something that an average court official or a military general is capable of."

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