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Buddhadharma : Summer 2005
summer 2005| 34 |buddhadharma Shitting, pissing, putting on clothes, Eating food, and lying down when you are tired. Fools may laugh at me, but the wise understand. A man of old said, If you seek something outside yourself, You are a great fool. Just become the master wherever you are. Then, any place you stand is the true place. If you can do this under any circum- stances, you will not be dislodged. Even if you have some evil karma due to your past delusions, addictions, and your having committed the five heinous crimes, these themselves become the great ocean of emancipation. You students of today do not know the Dharma. You’re just like sheep, taking into your mouths whatever your noses happen upon. Unable to distin- guish between servant and master. Unable to discern host from guest. Students like you enter the Way with impure motivation. You go wherever there is a crowd. You cannot be called true renouncers of home. You are in fact true householders. “The true renouncer of home must attain genuine insight. He must see through a buddha, see through a devil, see through the true, see through the false, see through the secular, see through the sacred. Only one who can discern this way deserves to be called a true renouncer of home. One who cannot see through a devil or see through a buddha has just left a home to enter another home. Such a person is called a sentient being who cre- ates karma, not a true renouncer of home. Suppose a buddha and a devil were inseparable, like a mixture of water and milk, of which the king of geese (Hamsa Goose) drinks only the milk. The clear-eyed follower of the Way would thrash both the devil and the buddha. ‘If you love the sacred and hate the secular, you will float and sink in the ocean of life and death.’” CHApTER XIV Someone asked, “What is buddha-devil?” The Master replied, “Your one thought of doubt is buddha-devil. But if you grasp the true meaning of the ten thousand unborn dharmas, if you understand that Mind is like a phantom, that not even a speck of dust, not even a single dharma exists, that everywhere is purity – this is buddha, but buddha and devil are two aspects. One is pure, one is defiled. According to this mountain monk’s view, there is no buddha, no sentient being, no past, no present. One who attains it, attains it instantly. No time is required, no practice, no realization, no gain, no loss. Throughout the day, there is no other Dharma. Even if there were a Dharma to sur- pass this, I dare say that it would be like a dream, like a fantasy. This is all this mountain monk teaches. “Followers of the Way, the one who at this moment in front of my eyes is shining alone and clearly hearing my teaching, fRomRinZaiRoku,ThecoMpleTeengliShTRanSlaTionbYRuthfulleRsasaki,YoshitakaiRiYa,andseiZanYanagida. Portrait of Master Rinzai Artist unknown