Zen

Rinzai 78

And a moment of the light of non-differentiation in your heart, this is the true Samantabhadra (Dharma) everywhere and always. If for a moment your heart by itself gets released from its bonds, everywhere is deliverance; this is the Dharma-Samadhi Kannon (Avalokiteshvara). Mutually they appear as master and companions; and simultaneously they appear as one in three and three in one. Only when one can understand thus is one fit to read the Teachings.

Commentary:

‘A moment of the light of non-differentiation in your heart, this is the true Samantabhadra (Dharma), everywhere and always’ means that the moment you stop discriminating, the state without any illusions appears, which is the true Samantabhadra that is everywhere all the time. ‘If for a moment your heart by itself gets released from its bonds, everywhere is deliverance; this is the Dharma-Samadhi Kannon (Avalokiteshvara)’ implies that if you realise that all the bonds of illusions are empty even for a moment, that is to realise that all things, including you, are perfection itself, the Buddha. ‘Mutually they appear as master and companions; and simultaneously they appear as one in three and three in one’ means that you can see things as the true-Self and as forms at the same time. You realise that Oneness is many, and many are Oneness, that is, Emptiness is forms and forms are Emptiness. Only when we can understand thus can we be said to grasp the Teachings.

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