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Zhaozhou's Wooden Buddha (MK56)(BCR96)


a. The Buddha made of wood won’t pass through fire;
if she does, she will surely burn.

b. The Buddha made of clay won’t pass through water;
if he does, he will surely drown.

c. The Buddha made of gold won’t pass through a furnace; if she does, she will surely melt.

d. The true Buddha is sitting in the house.

– PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 56 & Blue Cliff Record, Case 96