From last issue:
When Dhyana Master Huitai Yuanjing read to the sentence “know that the
seeing is without seeing” in the Shurangama Sutra, he seemed to
understand it. He went to seek the advice of Dhyana Master Shouchang,
who furiously scolded him and gave him a scare. Then later on when he
read the sentence “Empty and without an attendant” in the Lankavatara
Sutra, he understood a bit, but he was still a little hesitant. It was
not something he could rejoice about.
read the sentence, “One must hit the ball quickly by the swift waters”
in the Verse of Perfect Enlightenment, his doubts and impediments were
forever eradicated. If one is playing ball on the shore
beside the fast flowing water, one must be very quick or else the ball
might get carried away by the current. One cannot swim at such a beach,
because the water may come rushing up at any moment. Therefore, one has
to watch the ball closely and move fast. The meaning here is that one
should be quick to react, not so sluggish and indecisive that one lets
all the opportune moments slip away. One should play a clean, good
game, not drag one’s heels. One should quickly cut off afflictions and
put an end to birth and death! It’s very dangerous to be in birth and
death! If one continues to be lazy, acting as if one has samadhi and
there’s nothing wrong, then one is simply letting the time go by in
vain. When one has doubts and impediments, then the bottom of the black
paint bucket has not fallen off yet. Yet now, the Master’s doubts and
impediments were pulled out by their roots.
he went to ask Master Chang, saying, “I came especially to seek
instruction from the High Master in this matter.” Dhyana
Master Huitai Yuanjing again went to see Master Shouchang, saying,
“Will the High Master please instruct me regarding the great matter of
birth and death?"
said, “What evidence do you have for this matter?” The Master snapped
his fingers. That was his proof. A fingersnap represents the
briefest interval of time.
said, “I suspect that you still have a sense of self. You have
not emptied the mark of self. You haven’t come home yet.” The
Master then presented a verse to Dhyana Master Shouchang.
Chang questioned him further, saying some characters and
telling him, “If you can put these words in the right place, you’ll
qualify as an intellectual.” And the Master answered
accordingly. He answered clearly and wasn’t trembling and
scared like he had been before. Chang examined the
Master’s verse and then returned the verse to him,
certifying his enlightenment. The Master accepted it and
bowed. In the year of wuwu, he went to Dongyuan Monastery.
in the autumn of the year gengwu (1630), during the reign of Emperor
Chongzhen of the Ming Dynasty, he pointed to the cliff
and said to a cultivator, “I can be buried at that place.” One
day he walked near a cliff and said to his fellow cultivator, “When I
die, please bury me here.” The cultivator said, “After you are
dead and buried, then what? How should affairs be handled
then?” The Master said with a smile, “It will be just right.” That’s
just the way it is, not too little and not too much. The
cultivator tried to ask again, but the Master had already passed away.
He came without a shadow and departed without a trace, drifting in and
drifting out again, coming like the breeze and going like the breeze,
coming without hangups and leaving without hangups. It was just as if
he had not come and gone at all. He was a cultivator who had freedom
over his own coming and going. He came to play and roam in the world.
See how carefree and independent he was! He left no traces, unimpeded
and at ease. A pagoda was built at the cliff he had designated.
People built a stupa at the base of the cliff to which he had pointed.
in praise says:
although the seeing is without awareness,
It has a cause
for coming into being.
attendants, why can’t you understand it thoroughly?
Since you know
this matter clearly,
You should hit
the ball by the swift current.
Mount Wuyi disintegrated,
He will be a
model for thousands of years to come.
Know that although the basic
substance of the seeing is without awareness, It has a cause
for coming into being. Yet we talk about there being a
“seeing.” It is not totally groundless. Emptied of attendants,
why can’t you understand it thoroughly? Originally there is
not one thing, so where can the dust alight? That being the case, why
haven’t you become enlightened?
you know this matter clearly, you should not procrastinate any
longer, waiting until you’re old to cultivate. You should hit
the ball by the swift current. There’s a saying, “Don’t wait
until you’re old to study the Way; the lonely graves are mostly filled
with those who died young!” Sitting until Mount Wuyi
disintegrated, / He will be a model for thousands of years to come.
See how he was able to sit until the mountain broke in half? You must
have that kind of indomitable spirit! A thousand years down the line,
you will still be a model for people to look up to.
by Hsuan Hua says:
Seeing has no
substance of its own;consciousness is unaware of itself.
Putting a head
top of a head is stupidity within stupidity.
There’s not a
grain of sand inside the eye.
The gold within
the spiritual tower has not been lost.
meaning is the ultimate Dharma-door.
enlightened, all thoughts are ended.
With marks left
behind and the mind emptied, what is there to be attached to?
Who’s the one
differentiates between north and south, east and west?
Seeing has no substance of its
own;consciousness is unaware of itself. The seeing has no
basic substance, and so the consciousness cannot perceive its own
awareness. Putting a head on top of a head is stupidity within
stupidity. If you insist that the seeing must be a certain way
and that the consciousness has an appearance, you are simply adding a
head on top of the one you already have; this is the dumbest of dumb
not a grain of sand inside the eye. As it is said, “the eye
cannot tolerate a single grain of sand.” One cannot be off by a single
bit. The gold within the spiritual tower has not been lost.
The “spiritual tower” refers to the mind. The gold within our minds is
our intrinsic wisdom. It can never be lost.
primary meaning is the ultimate Dharma-door. What’s the
primary meaning? It’s the ultimate Dharma-door, which is apart from the
words and apart from the mind’s thoughts. Once thoroughly
enlightened, all thoughts are ended. Once you are fully
enlightened, you will be free of all thoughts whatsoever.
marks left behind and the mind emptied, what is there to be attached to?
At that point, what is there left to cling to?Who’s the one who
differentiates between north and south, east and west? Who is
left to distinguish between north and south or east and west?