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  1. The words of Linji, the patriarch of the Chan tradition, on the elimination of delusions caused by the illusory attitude towards authorities as permanent personalities. At that time, Linji was visited by students who were brought up in the spirit of Confucius ' teachings, that is, unquestioning submission to the personality of the teacher or parent. Therefore, Linzi needed a radical, shocking way to show the illusory persistence of authority figures. He used such harsh words about destroying the perception of the personalities of Buddha, patriarch, parents, relatives. Linzi's message was that everyone has the potential to unleash the freedom of the mind-Buddha nature. Therefore, no one can do a person's work for freeing their mind from illusions. Of course, there is no question of killing the material body, because the material body in Buddhism is just one of the five aggregates that make up the illusory personality. To discover the nature of reality, it is not the material body that must be stopped, but the mind. That is, to destroy not their bodies, but their own illusions.

  2. The correct interpretation of any author's expression can only be explained by the author himself. Everything else is a point of view, groundless. Reading this statement and using telepathy, I think that the author knew the essence of life in the illusory world and understood that a person, for him, was not a secret. And this is that a person as such does not exist. According to the Buddhist philosophy: “Man is neither earth, nor water, nor fire, nor wind, nor space, nor consciousness, nor all these things together. What else is a human being? A person is not real. ” You can't kill someone who isn't there!!! With respect.

  3. “If you meet a Buddha, kill a Buddha. If you meet the patriarch, kill the patriarch.”
    There are many concepts, but the most important one for a person of the 21st century is in everyday life:
    Do not have an idol and do not deify someone.
    Buddha is not a name. Gautama, having attained enlightenment, became a Buddha.
    To elevate someone above yourself means to put a ceiling above which you will not rise.

  4. Not both.
    Here you need to know the context of this statement: the Buddha cannot be recognized by appearance. And to meet a Buddha is to meet your own defilements, to meet self-deception and the selfish desire for self-deception. And if you kill this self-deception, obscurations, only then will the true Buddha manifest – that is, the presence of the mind in the undistorted present.

  5. You can also interpret it like this:

    If you meet someone who calls himself a Buddha, he is not a Buddha! A Buddha will not call himself a Buddha, but so may other people who may think of him as a Buddha.

    Just as a true guru does not consider himself a guru and will not call himself a guru.

    If someone calls himself a guru, he is not a true guru!

  6. This means kill your attitude towards man as a Buddha. If you have seen the Buddha kill him in yourself, you must first see an ordinary person, treat him as an ordinary person, and treat him as an equal as an ordinary person.
    In Christianity, there is a second commandment, “Thou shalt not make an idol for thyself…”, which is essentially the same thing.

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