"We must be careful that we don't look for the jewel in the wrong place, outside of ourselves, failing to see that our life itself is the jewel -- unpolished perhaps, but already perfect, complete and whole.” -Joko BeckChants for Wed Nov 23 - Dec 20 (from Boundless Way Zen Sutra Book. See: BoWZ Westchester Chant Schedule)
- Loving-Kindness Sutra, p. 20
- Guidepost for Silent Illumination, p. 29
Room 24, Community UU
468 Rosedale Ave, White Plains, NY
This week's reading: "Shut the Door," from Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen. p. 189. (To order from Amazon CLICK HERE)
This week's case: "Shushan: With or Without," Book of Serenity, #87
Shushan came to Guishan and asked, "I have heard that you said, 'Words of being and words of non-being are just like wisteria wound around a tree.' If suddenly the tree falls down and the wisteria withers, where will the words go?"
Guishan burst into great laughter.
Shushan said, "I sold my clothes and other belongings, and made an arduous journey of one thousand miles to come to you. Why does Your Reverence make light of me?"
Guishan called his attendant and said, "Bring some money and give it to this reverend monk for his travel expenses." Finally he said, "Some day a one-eyed dragon will let you open your eyes."
Later Shushan went to Mingzhao and told him about this. Mingzhao said, "I can say that Guishan is completely right, but he did not meet one who could appreciate him."
Shushan asked again, "If the tree falls down and the wisteria withers, where will the words go?"
Mingzhao said, "It would make Ghishan laugh again all the more."
Upon hearing this, Shushan gained realization. Then he said, "From the beginning, there was a sword behind Guishan's laughter."