A verse in praise says:
One has a mouth, but cannot speak.
Without a mouth, what could one say?
It's hot in the summertime.
The lion bares its fangs and claws.
The same wind blows through Yanjing and Fujian,
a thousand miles apart. Snap the stick and stir the waters clear.
One has a mouth, but cannot speak. There's nothing one can say. Without a mouth, what could one say? The mouth can eat, but cannot speak. Esoteric mysteries cannot be verbalized.
It's hot in the summertime. The weather gets warm then. The lion bares its fangs and claws. When the lion wants to intimidate others, it shows its fangs and claws, revealing its true appearance. The same wind blows through Yanjing and Fujian, a thousand miles apart. He went to Beijing (Yanjing), many miles away from Fujian, but the Chan practice remained the same.
Snap the stick and stir the waters clear. Snap the chopstick. What for? Use it to stir the muddy waters clear. This refers to how the Dhyana Master employed expedient methods to teach and transform beings and lead them from confusion back to enlightenment, enabling them to attain realization within the boundless ocean of karma.
Another verse says:
Abandoning a scholar's life to pursue Buddhism,
he had a good foundation. Seeking teachers and visiting friends,
he sought a transcendental path. Under the bamboo cane, he had a sudden awakening.
A lotus blooms on the tip of the tongue. The mute taste bitterness without being able to describe it. The deaf forget everything as they listen to celestial music. He traveled thousands of miles, seeking a teacher
with clarity of vision. By drawing near a good teacher, one can end delusion.
Abandoning a scholar's life to pursue Buddhism, he had a good foundation. He was a Confucian scholar who abandoned Confucian principles and investigated the doctrines of Buddhism instead. As long as scholars don't use their ordinary conscious minds to cultivate, they have a fine foundation, for literature can convey the Way.
Seeking eminent teachers and visiting wholesome friends, he sought a transcendental path out of the suffering of the Three Realms. Under the blow of Dhyana Master Wenjue's bamboo cane, he had a sudden awakening. He bowed to Dhyana Master Wen, for he had become enlightened. A lotus blooms on the tip of the tongue. The mute taste bitterness without being able to describe it. Just as a mute cannot talk about the bitterness he tastes, a meditator cannot describe the sweetness of his meditative state. It is inexpressible.
The deaf forget everything as they listen to celestial music. Since deaf people cannot hear, they listen so hard that they become oblivious to north, south, east and west. They enter samadhi and lose all sense of direction. He traveled thousands of miles, seeking a teacher with clarity of vision. The Master traveled over ten thousand miles, with the sole purpose of finding a clear-sighted advisor. By drawing near a good teacher, one can end delusion. Why does one draw near good teachers? They can help you to destroy the nets of ignorance and leap out of worldly transmigration. For that reason, the Master traveled tens of thousands of miles to draw near a wise teacher.
We, too, are the same way. We have left home, bidding farewell to our parents and turning our backs on our hometowns. Some have come from this direction; others have come from that direction. We have all come to Buddhism and the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. What value would there be in this if we failed to seriously cultivate? We have left the home life and now dwell at Gold Mountain Monastery, the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Gold Wheel Monastery, Gold Summit Monastery, or Gold Buddha Monastery. As monastics, our top priority is the matter of birth and death. We must terminate the endless rounds of births and deaths. Otherwise, what did we leave home for? If we just follow the crowd and hang out, our monastic life is meaningless. It would be better to quickly return to lay life and do some mundane work to pass the time. It will not do for you to remain in Buddhism if you are so lazy and enervated, always dozing off in everything you do, to the point that you die in your sleep without even realizing how it happened!