Blue Cliff Record 35

Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku, Biyan Lu) #35
Manjusri's "Threes and Threes"

  • Touzi Datong (Tosu Daido, 819-914, 11th gen). Go to TOUZI D
  • An unnamed monk
Yuanwu's Preface
In distinguishing dragon from snake, jewel from stone, black from white, irresolute from decisive, if one does not have the clear eye of the mind and the amulet under the arm, one invited instant failure.
Just at this moment, if on'es vision and hearing are clear, and color and sound are truly cognized, tell me, is he black or white, crooked or straight?
The subtle difference -- how could you discern it?
Manjusri asked Wu Cho, "Where have you recently come from?"
Wu Cho said, "From the south."
"How is Southern Buddhism faring?" asked Manjusri.
"The monks of the latter days of the Law observe the Buddha's precepts a little," Wu Cho answered.
"Are there many or few?"
"Here about three hundred, there around five hundred."
Then Wu Cho asked Manjusri, "How does Buddhism fare in your part of the world?"
Manjusri said, "The worldly and the holy are living together; dragons and snakes are mingled."
"Are there many or few?"
"The former threes and threes, the latter threes and threes."

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