Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sky and Water Merging

Vast and spacious, like sky and water merging during autumn, like snow and moon having the same color, this field is without boundary, beyond direction, magnificently one entity without edge or seam. Further, when you turn within and drop off everything completely, realization occurs. Right at the time of entirely dropping off, deliberation and discussion are one thousand or ten thousand miles away. Still no principle is discernible, so what could there be to point to or explain? People with the bottom of the bucket fallen out immediately find total trust. So we are told simply to realize mutual response and explore mutual response, then turn around and enter the world. Roam and play in samadhi. Every detail clearly appears before you. Sound and form, echo and shadow, happen instantly without leaving traces.

~ twelfth century Ch’an master Hongzhi
    from Cultivating the Empty Field

1 comment:

  1. Mutual response. Turning in, leaving no trace. Turning around, leaving no trace. Total trust.

    How can anyone not experience joy, loving kindness, compassion, and equanimity in
    Hongzhi's mutual response, vibrant playing, turning in to nothing to grab or push away, turning back to nothing to grab, or hurl, no in or back, no turning, yet everything appears.

    Experiencing every detail. Without Fear.

    Total trust.

    Thank you for discovering Hongzhi.


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