Zen

Rinzai 86

A thought gives rise to the Three Worlds and turns into six illusions according to casual conditions. What is functioning at this moment is lacking nothing. In a split second you are free to enter the Pure Land and the impure land, enter Maitreya’s castle and enter the Land of Three Eyes (see Rinzai 87), which are no more than empty names.

Commentary:

’A thought gives rise to the Three Worlds and turns into six illusions according to casual conditions’ means that if you make an illusion, it bears or turns into countless illusions in no time according to what you see and hear. However, once you have realised what is functioning at this moment, you come to know that there is nothing else but that and it appears to be many because it is divided into multiple forms by the names, imaginary lines created by you. Then, not only can you be free to enter the Pure Land and the impure land and enter Maitreya’s castle and the Land of Three Eyes without moving even a step in a split second, but also be free to destroy and build them in a split second without moving any of your fingers since they are all just names.

Student: “What is functioning at this moment?”

Master: “What is asking the question?”

Student: “What is the Pure Land?”

Master: “Take a close look beneath your feet.”

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