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Later Zen masters have followed the practice of “hunger to eat, sleep to sleep” of the Blessed One, that is, “No mind to ask for Zen”. When “the work is done, the burden has been laid down”, they can be as free as they want, freely and without hindrance.

At one time, the Blessed One was staying at Rajagaha, at Veluvana. Then the Blessed One, after walking in the open air until the end of the night, washed his feet, entered the monastery, and lay down on his right hip in the lion’s lying position, his legs crossed, mindful and alert, and rest until you wake up.

Then the demon came and uttered the following verse to the Blessed One:

Why is he still sleeping?

Why is he still sleeping?

Why do you sleep like that?

Like a dead man lying down.

Think the house is empty

So he slept like that

Why do you sleep like that?

When the sun has risen?

The Blessed One replied:

When there is no longer craving

With venom webs

Such a person is liberated

Not led anywhere.

Demon, Enlightened One!

All birth medicine is destroyed

If he sleeps

What can you guys do?

(DTKVN, Tuong Yuong series I, chapter 4, chapter 1, part of Switzerland, VNCPHVN publication, 1993, p.238)

When the great matter of birth and death has not been resolved, passion for sleep is a fall, but when enlightened, sleeping or waking are both means of depending on the condition of sentient beings.

Discussion:

Later Zen masters have followed the practice of “hunger to eat, sleep to sleep” of the Blessed One, that is, “No mind to ask for Zen”. When “the work is done, the burden has been laid down”, they can be as free as they want, freely and without hindrance. To the Blessed One lying asleep or meditating, these two things do not seem to make any difference.

We cannot use ordinary human beings to measure the Saints, that is, to judge the extraordinary actions, words or behavior of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas or enlightened Zen masters. Because all manifestations become the miraculous use of their birth. Sometimes, they show some actions that seem to be contrary to religion (the behavior of the Venerable Te Dien, for example) but in fact it is just paradox, in order to teach special objects and all kinds of activities. It’s not out of compassion for birth.

Like the Blessed One, he was still lying down and fast asleep when the sun had risen, making the demon see that this was a good opportunity to attack him. But the devil did not expect that it was also an opportunity for the World to be religious. Thanks to that, the demons see that, for those who have been enlightened and liberated, they will come out of the net of ghosts, no force can control them, they are the teachers of gods and humans.

However, for the beginner to enter the path, sleep is one of the hindrances that block insight, meditation and is also one of the five most favorite sensual foods for sentient beings. Therefore, in the Zen house, sleep is called a ghost, a poisonous snake that needs to be eliminated. When the great matter of birth and death has not been resolved, passion for sleep is a fall, but when enlightened, sleeping or waking are both means of depending on the condition of sentient beings.

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