Hi, Our instructor at USC meditation class derived the following parallel to share with you all.
We have such a delicacy called stinky tofu in China. Have you ever heard of or taste it? If you fry it, anyone can smell its stinkiness within a block. If you steam it, anyone can smell it within two blocks. What is it? It is really fermented tofu, like blue cheese or fermented beans, called Nato in Japanese. Chan is like this stinky tofu. Until we sit and belly breathe for 3 month everyday, no matter how we describe, or explain, or persuade, or teach, or love, tofu till stinks and we still don't know how it taste. http://www.heartchan.org/blogs/2008/02/12/usc-zen-class-2nd-meeting-on-212/ JM