A needle vanishes in the water ... yet it remains to stick in one's throat.
The needle brings sharpness and point to the water ... the water sooths sting of needle's bite.
The bright light of the moon sometimes disguises the crane, then shows a clear winged sillouette.
Absent moonlight the crane is blind and lost in darkness ... without crane what is moon to enlighten?
If nothing to fill it, what need for a bowl ... without a place to rest, where is snow to find a home?
A bowl without snow is hollow, empty ... without bowl the snow lacks form.
Master is complete long before the encounter with disciple ... disciple was never born.
Master is completed by disciple ... Incomplete disciple is born from master.
Are they one ... are they two?
The people ask "what worldly benefits in this practice ... will it make our bank account bigger?"
Nagarjuna answers "not big not small ... no recompense".
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Hixon from 89