Book of Serenity 94

Book of Serenity (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #94
Dongshan Unwell

  • Dongshan Liangjie (Tozan Ryokai, 807-69, 11th gen). Go to DONGSHAN
  • An unnamed monk
Wansong's Preface
The lower do not discuss the higher; the humble do not move the dignified.
Even if one rules over oneself and follows the others,
One should not burden the heavy by the light.
When the four elements [earth, water, fire, and wind] are not in order [i.e., when one is ill], how would one attend and serve?
Dongshan was unwell. A monk asked, “Your Reverence is unwell. Is there anyone who does not become ill?”
Dongshan said, “There is.”
The monk said, “Does the one who does not get ill take care of Your Reverence?”
Dongshan said, “‘The old monk’ is properly taking care of the other one.”
The monk said, “How about when ‘your Reverence’ takes care of the other one?”
Dongshan said, “[The old monk] does not see that there is illness.”

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