Blue Cliff Record 14

Blue Cliff Record (Hekiganroku, Biyan Lu) #14
Yunmen's "Preaching Facing Oneness"

  • YUNMEN Wenyan (Ummon Bunen, 864-949, 13th gen), disciple of Xuefeng
  • An unnamed monk
Case (Sekida)
A monk asked Yunmen, "What is the teaching of the Buddha's lifetime?
Yunmen said, "Preaching facing oneness."[1]
[1] Or "An appropriate statement" (Cleary); "One preaches accordingly (Tai-issetsu. Literally: 'In accordance [with the occasion/disciple] – one preaching'" (Sato).

Xuedou's Verse (Sekida, italics Cleary)
Facing oneness! There is no parallel!
He fitted the holeless hammer with a handle.
An appropriate statement -- totally inaccessible.
He refits a handle in a holeless iron hammer.
From under the Jambu tree, laughter rings out: Ha! Ha! Ha!
Last night the dragon got his horns broken.
Under the Jambu Tree I'm laughing out loud;
Last night the black dragon had a horn wrenched off.
Remarkable, the old man of Shoyo;
He has one tally here.
Exceptional, exceptional -- Yunmen found a handle.

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