2018-03-05

Book of Serenity 73

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Book of Serenity (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #73
Caoshan's Filial Fulfillment

Wansong's Preface
Relying on the grasses, hanging onto the trees, one becomes a ghost;
Suffering humiliation, being punished without cause, one turns into a cursing demon.
When you summon it, you burn paper money and prepare a horse [made of an egg plant];
When you send it away, you bless the water and send charms out.
How could you attain [real] peace for your family?
Case
A monk asked Caoshan, “When one leaves off his mourning clothes, how about that?”
Caoshan said, “Caoshan today has fulfilled filial piety.”
The monk said, “How about after you have fulfilled filial piety?”
Caoshan said, “Caoshan loves to get drunk.”
NOTE: "Mourning clothes" are worn when a parent dies. Here it symbolically designates the clothes during Zen practice.

Hongzhi's Verse (Wick trans, with Cleary trans in italics)
The house of unbroken honor admits no neighbors.
   The pure household has no neighbors:
Many years of sweeping the gates, not letting in dust.
   For long years staying in sweeping, not admitting any dust.
Turning from full brightness, the moon hangs low, a crescent.
   Where the light turns tilts the moon remaining at dawn:
As winter solstice passes, yin rises to the east-northeast.
   When the forms of the hexagrams are distinguished,
   Then are established dawn and spring.
Requite filial piety anew, and meet with the spring.
   Having freshly fulfilled filial duty,
   Then one meets the spring --
Drunken steps, crazy songs: so what if my cap falls off?
   Walking drunk, singing crazily, turban hanging down,
Tousled hair, weaving walk, who cares?
   Ambling with tousled hair, who cares--
Tranquil, replete: a person who is stumbling drunk.
   In great peace, with no concerns, a man falling-down drunk
   

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