HSUAN HUA'S VERSE SAYS:
Past, future, and present,
It is not odd for Bodhidharma to sit facing the wall.
Apart from words, what can be said?
Not relying on diction, paper is void.
Penetrating through Dhyana, allegations arise.
Realizing the nature is complete, one lets go.
Ching Ywan put down his leg and calamity ensued.
Descendants of ten thousands sit on
Hsuan Hua's verse says:
Past, future, and present. Don't you think this calamity is great? This is referring to the three minds of the past, future and present! These three minds cannot be got at. Therefore, it is not odd for Bodhidharma to sit facing the wall; The reason Bodhidharma sat facing the wall was just to realize the nonexistence of these three minds. What is so strange about that? There is nothing unusual about it. He put everything down, and acted just like a living dead person. So, there is nothing strange about it.
Apart from words, what can be said? What is there to speak of? He was asked to say something before Bodhidharma arrived. Actually, there is nothing to say, so why should he say anything? All this is just the repartee of the Dhyana School, which creates trouble where there is none, in order to baffle others. Not relying on diction, paper is void. You are wordless, just like a blank sheet of paper with nothing on it. Penetrating through Dhyana, allegations arise. When Dhyana Master Ning Ran said he had attained Dhyana, he shouted to say, "If you can attain Dhyana, then you attain Dhyana, that's all. Why talk about it? "When he hollered, Ran asked, "What are you doing?" He replied, "How can you, the monk, plant stolen goods in my place?"
Realizing the nature is complete, one lets go. If you understand that everything is replete within our own nature, what is there to attach to? What is it that you cannot let go of? Thereupon, you let go completely.
Ching Ywan put down his leg and calamity ensued. A disaster has occurred. Descendants of ten thousand generations sit on the lotus platforms. The people of future generations will become enlightened upon learning of this and all can sit on lotus platforms.