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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
winter 2005| 34 |buddhadharma mazu heard this admonition and felt as if he had tasted sweet nectar. You should understand that zazen is not meditation or contemplation; it is not about quieting the mind, focusing the mind, or studying the mind; it is not mindfulness or mindlessness. if you want to really understand zazen, then know that zazen is not about sitting or lying down. Zazen is zazen; it is undefiled. With regard to “sitting Buddha,” you should understand that the very moment of “sitting Buddha” is the killing of Buddha. thus, sitting Buddha is beyond any set form and has no abode. therefore, when the brick is a mirror, mazu is Buddha. When mazu is Buddha, mazu is at once mazu. When mazu is mazu, his zazen is immediately zazen. each thing is not transformed into the other but is, in fact, originally the other. practice is the unfoldment. the reality of the universe fills your body and mind, yet it is not manifest without practice, nor is it realized without enlightenment. Unless you are prepared to move forward and take risks, the truth of your life and of the universe is never realized as this very life itself. all of this notwithstanding, what is the truth of the universe that fills your body and mind? Don’t tell me – show me. On the tips of ten thousand grasses, each and every dewdrop contains the light of the moon. Since the beginning of time, not a single droplet has been forgotten. Although this is so, some may realize it, and some may not. 1. Is this a real dragon or an imitation? 2. Can Buddha become Buddha? 3. What exists is not just what appears before our eyes. 4. He wants to understand. 5. What is he saying, really? 6. Indeed! 7. Indeed! 8. He understands polishing the brick, but does he understand the mirror? 9. Then what is it? 10. Nor any abode. 11. The virtue of realizing Buddha reveals killing Buddha. 12. It simply makes it two. huangbo once left his assembly at mount huangbo and entered Daan temple. there he joined the workers who cleaned the halls.1 once, minister peixiu visited the temple to offer incense and was greeted by the temple director. peixiu looked at a mural on the wall and said, “What kind of painting is that?”2 the director said, “it is a portrait of a high monastic.” 3 peixiu said, “obviously it is a portrait. But where is the high monastic?”4 the director could not answer. peixiu said, “is there a Zen person around here?” the director said, “a monastic has been working in this temple. he seems to be a Zen person.” peixiu said, “Could you ask him to come so i can ask him questions?” huangbo was quickly brought to the minister, who was happy to see him. the minister said, “i have a question, but all the masters i have asked this question of have been unable to answer it. reverend, would you please respond to it?” CommentarY Capping Verse notes • 9• minister peixiu sees a portrait main Case