Rinzai 87

One asked: “What is the Land of Three Eyes?”

The master said: “I enter with you the realm of utter purity, wear the robe of purity and expound the Dharmakaya Buddha. Or, we enter the realm of non-differentiation and expound the Sambhogakaya Buddha. Or again, we enter the realm of deliverance, wear the robe of radiance and speak of the Nirmanakaya Buddha. The Land of Three Eyes depends on changes.”


‘Enter the realm of utter purity’ means to enter the Pure Land, or become the Buddha. ‘Wear the robe of purity’ means to live free from illusions. ‘Enter the realm of non-differentiation’ means to stop discriminating. ‘Enter the realm of deliverance’ implies to attain enlightenment, ‘Wear the robe of radiance’ means to act without being deluded by illusions, or without clinging to any illusions.

By saying the Land of Three Eyes, Master Rinzai meant the three Buddhas: the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Sambhogakaya Buddha, and the Nirmanakaya Buddha. Although there are various explanations and names, they are, in fact, just one and what it is referred to as depends on your view. That is why the master said that the Land of Three Eyes depends on changes, by which he meant our changing perspectives.

Therefore, his point is that we can attain enlightenment, or become the Buddha by ceasing to be deluded by illusions through stopping our discrimination. Then, where we are is the Pure Land, and our speech expounds the Buddha, and our action is the radiance of the Buddha.

©Boo Ahm

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