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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
winter 2005| 38 |buddhadharma • 14• Yangshan’s “Dharma positions” The light illuminates in accordance with causes and circumstances, time and season. In its fineness, it enters the spaceless, in its boundlessness, it reaches everywhere. 1. Rattling his chains and dragging his net, he needs to know. 2. Not a particle of dust can be found anywhere. 3. You should not travel by night. 4. He exposes or transforms according to the occasion. Yangshan once asked his teacher, Zen master guishan Lingyou [Dayuan] of mount gui, “how is it when millions of objects emerge all at once?”1 guishan said, “Blue is not yellow. Long is not short.2 all things abide in their own positions.3 it does not concern me.” 4 Yangshan bowed.5 each and all, the subjective and objective spheres are related and, at the same time, independent. related, yet working differently, though each keeps its own place. two faces on a single die. thus, no thing ever falls short of its own completeness; wherever it stands, it does not fail to cover the ground. Though clouds may come and clouds may go. The pure wind that carries them, only I can know. 1. Pick up the whole great earth in your fingers and it’s as big as a grain of rice. 2. The long one is a straight buddha, the bent one is a crooked buddha. 3. Perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 4. Don’t mistake no concern for not caring. 5. What did he see that made him bow? (Facing page) Wall Gazing Daruma Jiun sonja-onko, 1718–1804 Zenga hanging scroll, ink on silk Capping Verse notes main Case CommentarY Capping Verse notes gitter-yelencollection