2018-01-23

Book of Serenity 75

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Book of Serenity (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #75
Ruiyan and the Everlasting Truth

Personnel
  • RUIYAN Shiyan (Zuigan Shigen, b. ca. 830?, 13th gen), disciple of Yantou
  • YANTOU Quanhuo (Ganto Zenkatsu, 828-87, 12th gen), disciple of Deshan
Ruiyan
Yantou
Wansong's Preface
Even if you call it “thus,” it has already changed.
Where knowledge cannot reach, you should abandon talking about it.
Here, is it possible to search for it or not?
Case
Ruiyan asked Yantou, “What is the everlasting truth?”
Yantou said, “It has moved.”
Ruiyan said, “What if it moves?”
Yantou said, “You don't see the everlasting truth.”
Ruiyan thought for a moment.
Yantou said, “If you acknowledge it, you are not yet free from the roots and their dust. If you do not acknowledge it, you are immersed in endless birth and death.” [The “roots” means “six roots” of sense organs: eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, consciousness. “Dust”, more exactly “six dust particles,” means the objects of the six sense organs: form, sound, smell, taste, things to be touched, objects of mind.]
Hongzhi's Verse
One phrase makes three phrases clear;
Three phrases make one phrase clear.
Three and one have no relation with each other.
Very clear is the way of the highest realization.
Tell me, what phrase exists first?

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