The master entered the hall and instructed the assembly saying, "Metal Buddhas can't pass through a furnace, wood Buddhas can't pass through fire, mud Buddhas can't pass through water. The true Buddha sits within you. Bodhi1, nirvana, suchness and Buddha-nature, are just clothes stuck on the body, and, as such, are to be called compulsive passions. If you do not ask about them, they are not compulsive passions. Where can the True Realm of Reality be found?
"'If you do not give birth to the mind, the ten thousand dharmas are not transgressed.'2 Just sit and go into [this matter] for twenty or thirty years. If you do not come to understanding, you can cut off my head.
"'Dreams and hallucinations, it is wasted labor to try and hold on to them.'3 'If you do not diverge from mind, the ten thousand dharmas are naturally so.'4 It can not be obtained from outside, so what else is there to be related to? It is just like a goat, other than haphazardly picking up things in his mouth and eating them, what does he do?
"When I met Yueh-shan (Yakusan)5, he said, 'If there is someone who questions me, all I do is shut his yap6 for him.' I also say, 'Shut your yap'.
"'To hold on to self is corrupt, to not hold on to self is pure.'7 It is just like a mad dog who is always trying to get more and more to eat. Where is the Buddha to be found? Thousands and ten thousands of people are 'seeking-for-Buddha' fools. If you try and find one person of the Way [among them] there are none. If you want to become a disciple of the 'King of Emptiness'8, don't give illness to your mind.9
"When the world was not, there was still this reality. When the world is destroyed, this reality is not destroyed. Take one look at me, I am nothing other than I am. The True Self is simply this. Right here what more is there to be sought for? At such a rime, don't turn your head away or change your expression. If you do so, it is immediately lost."
- Transcendental Wisdom.
- From the *Treatise on Being True to Mind (Hsin-hsin ming).
- Yueh-shan Wei-yen (Yakusan Igen, 751-828 CE) was a disciple of Shih-t'ou (Sekito) and one of the great Ch'an (Zen) masters of the middle T'ang. As the grandfather of Tung-shan (Tozan), he is one of the Patriarchs of the Ts'aotun (Soto) sect of Ch'an (Zen).
- Literally "dog mouth".
- From the Vimalikiri-nirdesa Sutra.
- The True Self
- From the Treatise on Being True to Mind