Blue Cliff Record 79

Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku, Biyan Lu) #79
Touzi and "Every Voice Is the Buddha's Voice"

  • Touzi Datong (Tosu Daido, 819-914, 11th gen). Go to TOUZI D
  • An unnamed monk
Yuanwu's Preface
The Great Way manifests itself naturally; it is bound by no fixed rules.
The teacher does not have to exert himself to bring his students under control.
Tell me, who has ever given such an example?
See the following?
A monk said to Touzi, "It is said, 'Every voice is the Buddha's voice.' Is that true?
Touzi said, "Yes, it is true."
The monk said, "Master don't let me hear you breaking wind."
Touzi gave him a blow with his stick.
The monk asked again, "The sutra says, 'Rough words and soft words, both lead to the first principle.' Is that true?"
Touzi said, "Yes, it is true."
The monk said, "Master, may I call you a donkey?"
Touzi gave him a blow with his stick.
Xuedou's Verse (Sekida trans, with Cleary trans in italics
Touzi! Touzi! The wheel turns unchecked.
   Touzi, Touzi -- his wheen of potential's unhindered.
One shot, two victories! That blow, this blow!
   Releasing one, he gets two; same there, same here.
Pity him who mocks the tide:
   Pitiful the endless people playing in the tide
He will fall in it and die!
   Who in the end fall into the tide and die.
If he sudenly comes alive --
   If they suddenly came to life,
A hundred surging, roaring rivers!
   The hundred rivers would reverse their flow with a roar.

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