Zen

Rinzai 38

Do you wish to be not different from the Buddhas and patriarchs? Then just do not look for anything outside. The pure light of your heart at this instant is the Dharmakaya Buddha in your own house. The non-differentiating light of your heart at this instant is the Sambhogakaya Buddha in your own house. The non-discriminating light of your own heart at this instant is the Nirmanakaya Buddha in your own house.

 

Commentary:

‘To be not different from the Buddhas and patriarchs’ means to attain enlightenment, since enlightenment is to realise that we are the Buddha. ‘Look for anything outside’ means to follow words and to believe that there is something else other than your mind. The union of Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, and Nirmanakaya in one Buddha is the holy Trinity in Buddhism. The first implies the essence of the Buddha, the second the action of it and the third the form of it. ‘Your own house’ implies the true-Self.

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‘The pure light of your heart’, ‘the non-differentiating light of your heart’, and ‘the non-discriminating light of your own heart’ that imply the function of the true-Self are oneness, not separate from each other. ‘The pure light’ is ‘non-differentiating light’, which is ‘the non-discriminating light’. They all mean that the function of the true-Self is pure because it is non-differentiating light and non-discriminating.

 

Whatever you do, it is the function of the true-Self, the holy Trinity. Even saying, “Dharmakaya” is also the function of the holy Trinity.

 

Student: “What is Dharmakaya?”

Master: “A cup of coffee.”

Student: “What is Sambhogakaya?”

Master: “A cup of coffee.”

Student: “What is Nirmanakaya?”

Master: “A cup of coffee.”

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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