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Buddhadharma : Winter 2008
buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly wiNter 2 0 08 32 and do not allow any discontinuity. When you enter Mu and there is no discontinuity, your attainment will be like a candle that illuminates the whole universe. Discontinuity may be allowed at first while you are engaged in your everyday work, but when you are meditating in the zendo or in your home, you must carry on with this koan, min- ute after minute, bravely. our seclusion week is an opportunity for you to engage in this sort of adventure. After you train yourselves well, then even in the midst of your everyday work you will find your leisure moments filled with the koan. MuMon’s Verse Does a dog have buddhanature or not? This is the most profound question. If you say yes or no, Your own buddhanature is lost. • Case Two: Hyakujo’s Fox • Hyakujo was delivering a series of Zen lectures. An old man attended them, unnoticed by the monks. At the end of each talk, when the monks left the hall, he would follow them out. But one day he remained, and after the monks had gone, Hyakujo asked him, “Who are you?” The man replied, “Many eons ago, I was a human being. This was in the time of Kashyapa Buddha (the prehistoric Buddha), and I was a Zen master living on this mountain. One day a student of mine asked me whether or not an enlightened person is subject to the law of causation, and I foolishly replied, ‘An enlightened person is not subject to the law of causation.’” “For this answer, evidencing a clinging to the absolute, I became a fox for five hundred rebirths, including this present one. Will you free me with a Zen word from this prison of a fox’s body? Please tell me your answer. Is an enlightened person subject to the law of causation?” Hyakujo replied instantly, “An enlightened person is one with the law of causation!” At these words, the old man was enlightened, and cried out, “Now I am free!” Paying homage with a deep bow, he said, “I am no longer a fox, but I must leave this body in my dwelling place behind this mountain. Please give me a monk’s funeral.” Then he disappeared. The next day, Hyakujo told the head monk to make prepa- rations for a monk’s funeral. “But no one has been sick in the infirmary,” wondered the monks. “What can this mean?” After dinner, Hyakujo led the monks out of the dining hall and around the mountain. There they found a cave. Taking his staff, Hyakujo poked around in the leaves at the cave’s mouth until he uncovered the body of a fox. He then performed the ceremony of cremation. Later that evening, Hyakujo related the story to the monks. Obaku, after listening carefully, asked Hyakujo, “I understand that a certain person, many ages ago, gave a wrong answer. For this he was turned into a fox for five hundred rebirths. Now please tell me—if some modern master, being asked many ques- tions, always gives the right answer, what then?” “If you will come up here to me,” Hyakujo replied, “I will tell you.” Without hesitating, Obaku got up and hurried to his teacher, giving him a resounding slap on the cheek, for he knew that this was the answer his teacher intended for him. Hyakujo clapped his hands and laughed aloud at this dis- cernment. “I thought the foreigner had a red beard,” he cried, “and now I know it!” Bodhisattvas: It is probable that Hyakujo made up this tale himself, in order to impress on his monks the authority of the law of causation. He chose his material carefully, so as to best appeal to their level of understanding. At the Flower Festival this year, I said, “Every action brings its own results in the material world, in the realm of the mind and in society. Cabbages and kings, rich men and paupers, wise birds and stupid asses—none can break the law of causa- tion.” This is my answer to this koan. Enlightened person or unenlightened person, it makes not the slightest difference. The person who understands the law is wise enough; the person who knows to beware of the law can live righteously. one who does as one pleases, yet stays within the bounds of the law, is a great sage; that one is an enlightened person. Those who believe in the power of the church or priestcraft to erase their sins are all foxes. When they believe the church or priest is not subject to the law of causation, they expose their inability to live congenially within the law. Their chil- dren will do as they do, and society will imitate them. This is the power of their evil karma. obaku was the best disciple of Hyakujo, and knew what his teacher meant. What he was asking was, “Where is the person who is always one with the law of causation?”