When gold is in the round, it is bright. If you put gold into a hot furnace, it is bright. After being in the furnace, gold is still bright.
Before it went into the furnace it could not be made to make anything. Also, when in the furnace it could not be used. But after it comes out of the furnace, we can use it to make many things: a ring, earrings or a hair pin.
What is the furnace? The furnace is the paramitas, giving, morality, patience, practice, meditation and wisdom.
- Ko Bong¸