A single drop of water

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Photo by flickr user Christiaan Triebert. Used by cc: All rights revert to the originator
Photo by flickr user Christiaan Triebert. Used by cc: All rights revert to the originator

甚生阿難三十年爲侍者、
祇爲多聞智慧被佛訶。
云、汝千日學慧、不如一日學道。
若不學道、滴水難消。

For thirty years the wise Ananda ministered to the Buddha’s personal needs;
but, because he was too fond of acquiring knowledge, the Buddha admonished him,
saying: ‘If you pursue knowledge for a thousand days that will avail you less than one day’s proper study of the Way.
If you do not study it, you will be unable to digest even a single drop of water!’

-Master Huangbo Xiyun (Hsi Yun), 9th c. China

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