Zen

Rinzai 39

This trinity of the Buddha’s body is none other than he here before your eyes, listening to my expounding of the Dharma. You can come to this seeing only by not running and searching outside.

 

Commentary:

‘This trinity of the Buddha’s body is none other than he here before your eyes, listening to my expounding of the Dharma’ means that ‘the trinity of the Buddha’s body’ is no other than what is controlling your body now. Even your reading this writing is the function of the trinity of the Buddha’s body. That’s why I tell you to ask yourself what makes your body drink tea when drinking tea and what is leading your body to walk when walking.

 

‘You can come to this seeing only by not running and searching outside’ means that we can come to see this trinity by not chasing illusions, words and forms. Not chasing illusions, words and forms means not being deluded by them, which is ‘not discriminating and not differentiating’.

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In brief, what is controlling your body at this moment is the trinity of the Buddha’s body, which is revealing itself clearly before you all the time. In order to realise it you should stop discriminating and differentiating, that is, you should not be deluded by illusions.

 

Student: “How can I avoid being deluded by illusions?”

Master: “Don’t be deceived by my words.”

Student: “How?”

Master: “Don’t miss what is beyond my words by clinging to them.”

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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