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Buddhadharma : Winter 2005
buddhadharma| 39 |winter 2005 • 15• Xuansha’s “one Bright pearl” main Case Zen master shibei of Xuansha [Zongyi] was once asked by a monastic, “You said that the entire world of the ten directions is one bright pearl.1 how can i understand the meaning of this?”2 Xuansha said, “the entire world of the ten directions is one bright pearl. Why is it necessary to understand the meaning of this?”3 on the following day Xuansha said to the monastic,4 “the entire world of the ten directions is one bright pearl. how do you understand the meaning of this?”5 the monastic replied, “the entire world of the ten directions is one bright pearl. Why is it necessary to understand the meaning of this?”6 Xuansha said, “now i know that you are living inside the cave of demons on the black mountain.” 7 CommentarY When your life is not free of fixed positions, you drown in a sea of poison. Following after another’s words and mimicking others’ actions is the practice of monkeys and parrots. as a Zen practitioner you should be able to show some fresh provisions of your own. Be that as it may, you should understand that even in the cave of demons on the black mountain, the one bright pearl’s radiance is not diminished. Capping Verse The question came from the cave of demons; the master answered with a mud ball. Beyond telling, absolutely beyond telling – ultimately, we can only nod to ourselves. notes 1. Tens of thousands know it, but how many have realized it? 2. What is the meaning of the meaning? 3. There is no place to take hold of this. It’s sure to be misunderstood. 4. When he raises his head I can see horns. Be careful here! 5. Gaa! First he inflicts a flesh wound, now he goes for the monastic’s throat. 6. This monastic is not very alert; he sees a pit and jumps into it. 7. Xuansha is a competent teacher of our school. Why doesn’t he just drive him out? gitter-yelencollection