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Dongshan’s Disclosing Mind, Disclosing Nature

Dongshan’s Disclosing Mind, Disclosing Nature

Zen master Sengmi was travelling with his dharma brother Dongshan. Dongshan pointed to a temple on the roadside and said, “In that temple is a person who discloses the mind and discloses the Buddha nature.” Sengmi said, “Who is it?” Dongshan said, “Someone who has just achieved complete death as you asked.”
Sengmi said, “Who discloses the mind and the Buddha nature?” Dongshan said, “Someone who has achieved life in death.”

Student: “Who is someone who has achieved complete death?”
Master: “Someone whose illusions have all died.”
Student: “Who is someone who has achieved life in death?”
Master: “Someone who is free from the illusions of life and death.”
Student: “How does he disclose the mind and the Buddha nature?”
Master: “He does just as you do now.”
Student: “Why don’t I know that I also do that now?”
Master: “Because you are still alive.”

Commentary:
Someone who has achieved complete death is not scared of death because he has no life to lose.
Someone who has achieved life in death is not attached to anything because there is nothing that is not him.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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