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Buddhadharma : Summer 2011
mihu of Jingzhao had a monastic ask Yangshan,1 “Can people these days depend on enlightenment?”2 Yangshan said, “it’s not that there is no enlightenment,3 but how can we deal with falling into the secondary?”4 the monastic returned and reported this to Jingzhao, who then approved Yangshan.5 enlightenment is not simply the absence of delusion, nor is it true that because there is enlightenment there is no delusion. Delusion does not become enlightenment. it is beginningless and endless. enlightenment does not follow delusion. it is beginningless and endless. thus, they are always manifesting in the present moment. there is delusion within enlightenment, as there is enlightenment within delusion. enlightenment can only be realized within delusion; delusion can only be realized within enlightenment. With self and other forgotten, how can you even speak of them? Bringing them up in the first place makes them two. the nature of diamond wisdom is that it includes the whole universe. Endless blue mountains, free of even a particle of dust. Boundless rivers of tumbling torrents, ceaselessly flowing. 1. Everyone in the whole world is the same. Still, it’s important to investigate. 2. Practitioners inevitably get lost here, building nests and calling it the great matter. 3. He gingerly tiptoes barefoot through the dog shit. 4. Now he has dragged the monastic into it. 5. Although it’s true, it’s too bad he had to say so. Now people everywhere will carry this around for several decades. Zen master mazu Daoyi was an attendant to nanyue and personally received the mind seal from him, exceeding his peers. Before that, he lived in Kaiyuan monastery and did zazen all day long. Knowing that mazu was a dharma vessel, nanyue went to him and asked, “great monastic, what do you intend by doing zazen?”1 mazu said, “i am intending to be a buddha.” 2 nanyue picked up a brick and started polishing it.3 mazu said, “What are you doing?”4 nanyue said, “i am trying to make a mirror.” 5 mazu said, “how can you make a mirror by polishing a brick?”6 nanyue said, “how can you become a buddha by doing zazen?”7 mazu said, “What do you mean by that?”8 nanyue said, “think about driving a cart. When it stops moving, do you whip the cart or the horse?” mazu said nothing. nanyue said, “Do you want to practice sitting Zen or sitting Buddha? if you understand sitting Zen, you will know that Zen is not about sitting or lying down.9 if you want to learn sitting Buddha, know that sitting Buddha is without any fixed form.10 Do not use discrimination in the nonabiding dharma. if you practice sitting as Buddha, you must kill Buddha.11 if you are attached to the sitting form, you are not yet mastering the essential principle.” 12 gitter-yelencollection main Case CommentarY Capping Verse notes main Case • 7• Yangshan’s “it’s not that there is no enlightenment” • 8• nanyue polishes a Brick buddhadharma| 33 |winter 2005