Friday, September 25, 2015

禅宗公案 Zen Koan - 岂曾混淆 Have Been Mixed Up Before

On his study trip, a travelling monk passed by a temple and there was an old lady, the temple's in-charge, resting in front, he asked the old lady:
Shi-gu! (A form of respectful address for a female person - teaching aunt)
This temple, other than you, still have other relatives?
Old lady: Have!
Travelling monk: How come didn't see any?
Old lady: Nuo! ( a sound like saying "There")
Mountain river great earth like grass like wood are all my relatives!
Travelling monk: Without emotion is not With emotion, those mountain river grass wood since when have been like Shi-gu's in looks?   
Old lady: Then you see me as what kind of look?
Travelling monk: common people! (Layperson)  
Old lady: You are also not a chu-jia person! (chu-jia ren - monk or nun)   
Travelling monk: Shi-gu! You can not mix up Buddha Dharma.   
Old lady: I have not mixed up Buddha Dharma!   
Travelling monk: Commoner in charge of temple, grass and wood all become Dao (Path) friends, your ways like these is not mixed up Buddha Dharma then is what?
Old lady: Fashi! You can't say like these, must know that you are male and I am female, when ever have mixed up?

All that exist in the universe is One form or body of Heart, Buddha, Sentient beings, all have no differentiation.
However, Individuals firmly cut up this One form that is undifferentiated with dualistic view,
thus, in the world, there are true lies good evil, like and dislike, even male and female as different species, all methods within and without of the world, non stop facing these differences,
If view as One True Dharma Realm, then old lady when has been mixed up before?

Another lovely story with much depth!

As in the previous story of a polished and unpolished mirror, is there a difference in its inherent nature?

All boils down to the Individual's cultivation level and enlightenment level only!

Take some moments and sit back to ponder, please.
Are you truly moving along the Bodhi Path armed with the necessaries to Arrive?

Cheers all

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

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