THE FORTY-THIRD PATRIARCH, THE SIXTEENTH PATRIARCH IN CHINA, AND THE SEVENTH PATRIARCH OF THE WEI YANG LINEAGE, DHYANA MASTER TZ’U TUO OF HSING YANG.
Text by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua
The Master was from San Chiao Mountain in Ch'i-chou, Hu-pei, and was disciple and Dharma successor to Dhyana Master Chih Ch'ien. He was resolved on propagating the proper Dharma and did not draw close to those of base indulgences. His behavior was lofty and pure; a wisdom jewel was embraced within.
monk once asked, "How far apart are the Buddha realm and the realm
of living beings?"
Master replied, "It can't be spoken."
monk said, "Oh, really?"
The Master answered, "There are a few words."
The monk said, "A flowered canopy suddenly draws near your precious seat; how does the Master differ now from the time in the mountains when a bird nested in your hair?"
Master said, “There is nothing to say.”
The Monk asked, “What then is the Master saying?”
The Master replied, “I concede you a Buddhadharma.”
His eulogy says:
What difference have Buddha and beings. It was said that one
cannot speak it. I conceived for you a few words, But regret
that I did not keep silent. The white snow in the rising spring
Doesn’t argue about flat or sloping. The man of Ying laughed;
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