Zen

Rinzai 89

But, as I see it, the Dharmakaya cannot expound the Dharma. Thus, an old master said: “The Buddha’s bodies are set up with reference to meaning; The Buddha’s realms are differentiated with reference to the bodies.” The nature of the bodies and of the realms is clear; they are the temple of the Dharma, and so are only relative. Yellow leaves in an empty fist to entice unweaned children. By wringing a dry stick, or a dry bone what juice are you looking for?

Commentary:

Although three Buddhas; the Dharmakaya Buddha, the Sambhogakaya Buddha and the Nirmanakaya Buddha, are set up with reference to meaning and differentiated with reference to the bodies, they are, in fact, not apart from each other but just one; the temple of the Dharma, the true-Self. They are just names to explain the true-Self, no more than expedients used to teach ignorant sentient beings, in the same way that yellow leaves are used as money in order to stop children from crying. So, trying to attain enlightenment whilst following the three Buddhas is as vain as trying to get juice by wringing a dry stick or a dry bone.

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