Zen

Rinzai 68

But the Zen School does not see it like this. It is truly apparent now without any further delay. All I am talking about is just medicine appropriate for curing specific ailments. In my talks there is nothing absolutely real. If you see it thus, you are a true leaver-of-home and can spend ten thousand pieces of yellow gold per day (enjoy yourself).

Commentary:

All I am talking about is just medicine appropriate for curing specific ailments. In my talks there is nothing absolutely real’ is showing us how we should accept the Sutras and Masters’ Dharma talks. Sentient beings are compared to patients who are suffering from a specific ailment and the Sutras and Masters’ Dharma talks appropriate medicine.

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When we take medicine, it should be digested and absorbed through our bodies and disappear. The most marvellous medicine cannot help patients, if it stays undigested and unabsorbed in their stomachs, but will harm rather than cure them. Following and bearing in mind the words of the Sutras and Masters’ Dharma talks without grasping the core of them is like keeping medicine unabsorbed and intact in patients’ stomachs. This is going against Buddha’s teaching that we should not be deluded by words.

You are a true leaver-of-home and can spend ten thousand pieces of yellow gold per day (enjoy yourself)’ means that you are a truly enlightened man who can enjoy perfect freedom.

©Boo Ahm

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