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Enlightenment Questions - Question From Mark

Dear Tathagata,
I Saw your website. Have some questions to ask you on some zen koan as below.
Below is one zen koan by one enlightened master.

"Before I practise Zen, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters.
When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters.
But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters."

What is your explanation ?

Second question :-
Buddha held a flower to his thousands of disciples. No disciples understand what Buddha means, but Mahayaspa give a smile meaning he understand. Do you understand what it means ?
Thank you for your kind attention.

Best rgds
Mark

Answer from Tathagata