Who put you in bondage? Our ideas of the master and the novice. Barry Magid December 18th 2010

A young novice monk approached the third patriarch and said "Pray, Master, of your mercy, allow me to beg you for the teaching of emancipation." The patriarch said, "Who put you in bondage?" The young monk said, "No one has put me in bondage." The patriarch then asks, "Why do you seek further emancipation?"

The Transmission of the Lamp

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