Although I spend most of my time on the mountain, I enjoy walking around. Nature is nothing like artificial space. There are always lots of changes and surprises waiting to be discovered. As I was walking in the woods, I spotted five huge wild mushrooms. There were termite mushrooms that could be commonly seen in Myanmar. If peeled layer by layer, we could see the silk-like structure inside. Sometimes, it is also named “dung mushroom” in Chinese. It is flat, round, and greyish brown. They are often spotted after thundering. Back in my hometown in Myanmar, people say that the mushrooms popped up as they are scared of thunder. Burmese people don’t have much money so they’d look for termite mushrooms after thunder. As I washed the mushrooms, several students watched me in curiosity.
A student asked, “How does prajna wisdom manifest on different levels of the graded path?"
As I was handling the mushrooms, I replied, “Prajna is like this mushroom in my hand. By peeling it layer by layer, the essence of prajna emerges progressively. After searing, we can taste prajna.”
One student: “How do we unpeelprajna layer by layer?”
I answered, “This would require patience just like how I am handling this mushroom.”
I pointed to the mushroom that was ready, "Take a look, how are they different from their original look?"
Students, “The shape is different.”
This is also prajna. The mushroom we first picked up was also a form of prajna. All are perfect. I stir fry the mushroom with shredded ginger and chili.
They wonder, “After adding different spices, how would the original taste of prajna turn into?
I said, “As long as there’s prajna, it’d taste great with whatever ingredients.” After they took a bite, I smiled and asked, “How does it taste?”
“Master, it is so good! But very chewy like rubber bands.”
Well, that’s how the taste of prajna should be like.