By Roy Deangelis
Once upon a time, there was an old monk who learned extensively and was proficient in medicine; he had two disciples, who occasionally followed the old monk to the mountains to collect medicine. But every time he went up the mountain, he would only take the same disciple with him, and the other one had to stay in the temple to take care of the work in the temple.
Once disciple Jia followed the old monk up the mountain to collect medicine. After finishing the work, the two masters and disciples stopped at the Shili Pavilion on the mountain to rest, and then went down the mountain to the temple. Although the Shili Pavilion is located on a condescending position, you can overlook all parties, but because it is surrounded by a sea of clouds, the scenery is often covered by clouds and fog.
This time the old monk suddenly stood up, pointed his finger to the far east and asked Disciple A, “What did you see in the front?” Disciple A observed carefully. He saw a peak protruding in the sea of clouds, so he answered the old monk, “Yes. Mountain!”, the old monk only smiled without saying a word.
Once again, when the disciple Yi, the old monk went up the mountain to collect medicine, after finishing the work, the two masters and disciples also stopped at the Shili Pavilion to rest. This time the old monk suddenly stood up again, pointed his finger at the same distance to the east and asked the disciple B: “What did you see in front of you?” Disciple B looked carefully at the ground. He saw an ocean in the sea of clouds. Disciple Y replied, “It’s water!” The old monk smiled again and didn’t say anything. .
Later, because there was no work in the monastery, the old monk made an exception and took two disciples up the mountain to collect medicine. After finishing the work, the three masters and apprentices still stayed at the Shili Pavilion to rest; this time the old monk stood up again and pointed with his fingers. Looking at the same place on the east side, and then asked the two disciples: “What do you think it will be before?”,
Disciple A said: “It’s a mountain!”
Disciple B replied: “It’s water!”
Suddenly, one talked about mountains and the other talked about water. They all argued with their own opinions; in the end, they asked the old monk to comment on the truth and distinguish who is right and who is wrong.
It happened that a strong wind blew away, and the strong wind blew away the surrounding sea of clouds. When they looked far to the east, they saw a peculiar mountain with a large depression on the mountainside. The rainwater gathered to form a large lake, and the lake water looked like It is the plane of the ocean. At this time, the two disciples suddenly realized that although the same distance is a mountain, sometimes it is also water.
The old monk laughed loudly and said: “You must first observe the whole picture, and it is rare to see the real leopard in the tube!”