Zen

Rinzai 66

Whatever land he may visit, he tries to relieve sentient beings during his stay there whilst roaming through the kingdoms. Yet, he never strays for a single thought from his shining purity. Penetrating the ten directions, the ten thousand things are of one Suchness.

 

Commentary:

Whatever land he may visit’ means ‘whatever situation he may be faced with’. ‘His shining purity’ implies the true-Self. In other words, once you get enlightened, you can’t stray from the true-Self even for a moment whatever situation you may be placed in.

Penetrating the ten directions, the ten thousand things are as one Suchness’ means that even if you face ten different situations and see ten thousand different things, you are aware that they are all the functions of one Suchness which is Emptiness, the true-Self.

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Student: “What is the shining purity?”

Master: “Thank you for showing it.”

 

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