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SNOW AND LACQUER
Gosho Zenshu, p. 1474
Snow is the ultimate in whiteness; no dyeing will make any other color. Lacquer is the
ultimate in blackness; it will never become white. But how different is the human heart
in its fickleness! It can be dyed by either good or evil. . .  .The sutra speaks of "the true
aspect of all phenomena," and says that "If a person fails to have faith [but instead
slanders the sutra]. . . .he will enter the Avichi hell." With regard to the faith that you
hold in your heart, you must be as unchanging as snow or lacquer.