Book of Serenity 46

Book of Serenity (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #46
Deshan Yuanmi's Completion of Study

Personnel and Date
  • DESHAN "Yuanming" Yuanmi (Tokusan Emmitsu, 908-87, 14th gen), disciple of Yunmen Wenyan
  • Date guess: ca. 976
Wansong's Introduction (Sato)
The pure ground where there is not an inch of grass for ten thousand miles still deludes people;
The clear sky without a speck of cloud in eight directions still deceives you.
Even if one removes a wedge by [driving in] another wedge,
It cannot avoid sustaining emptiness by using emptiness.
Observe well a special method – a hammer upon the back of the head!
Case (Wick)
Great Master Deshan Yuanmi addressed the assembly saying, "Exhaust the end and there's instant attainment. The mouths of all Buddhas of the three times might as well hang upon the wall. Now, there's a person who roars with laughter. Ha! Ha! When you know this one, the essence of your exhaustive study is completed."
Xuedou's Verse (Wick)
Gathering. Seizing the throat collar.
Winds burnish. Clouds sweep.
Chilling water, heaven turns to autumn.
Don't say a fish scale lacks taste.
Catching all the ocean's fish with a crescent moon.
Sturmer's Verse
The Great Beast
Aleister Crowley
had no powers
against the sharp tongue
of his landlady.
He died in a boarding house
in Netherwood.
As usual it was raining outside.

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