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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
buddhadharma| 35 |winter 2005 huangbo said, “please present your question, my lord.” peixiu repeated the question he had asked the temple director. huangbo raised his voice, called out and said, “minister!”5 peixiu responded, “Yes?”6 huangbo said, “Where are you?”7 peixiu immediately understood.8 it was just like finding a pearl in his own hair. he said to huangbo, “You are a true master.” then he asked huangbo to open the teaching hall and let him enter. mountains and rivers are not seen in a mirror. if you go to a mirror to see them, you make one reality into two things. Just let mountains be mountains and rivers be rivers. each thing, perfect and complete, abides in its own dharma state. Within the myriad sounds and forms of the ten thousand things, ultimately there is neither a single particle to be found nor the subtlest sound to be heard. You can only nod to yourself. to reach this realm, all mental activity and understanding must be cut off. But say, if mountains and rivers are not seen in a mirror, where can you see them? Seeing forms and hearing sounds intimately is whole body and mind seeing and hearing. It’s not like reflections in a mirror or echoes in the valley – when you really see, you go blind, when you really hear, you go deaf. 1. Wandering about, gouging healthy flesh. 2. This is not a casual question; the questioner is not a casual visitor. 3. He stumbles into a pit. 4. This one is not so easily satisfied. 5. It reaches heaven and covers the earth. 6. The calling was good but the answering was even better. 7. Indeed, who are you; what are you? 8. Tell me, what is it that he understood? once a monastic asked Qingyuan, “What is the meaning of Bodhidharma’s coming from india?”1 Qingyuan said, “it’s just like this!”2 the monastic asked further, “What do you have to teach these days?”3 Qingyuan said, “Come closer.” 4 the monastic moved closer.5 Qingyuan said, “Keep this in mind.” 6 the great Way has no side roads. those who walk it have all settled the true imperative. the truth is not in seeing or hearing, nor can it be found in words and ideas. When you have passed through the forest of brambles and have untied the chains of Buddha and dharma, only then will you have entered the peaceful dwelling. in bringing it out for this monastic, Qingyuan is still dripping with water and covered in mud, but alas! the monastic could not get it – how awkward. Be that as it may, if you yourself can see into Qingyuan’s truth, and see that the nature of coming and going is not a matter of understanding, then his compassionate effort will not have been in vain after all. CommentarY Capping Verse notes • 10• Qingyuan’s “Come Closer” main Case CommentarY