Friday, February 12, 2016

Fundamentally, Not One Thing Exists

Ch'an (and by extension, Zen) was established with this single phrase. With it, all grasping, all attachment, and all delusion are mute.

Within The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch we read:

Shen-hsiu wrote -

         The body is like a bodhi tree:
         The mind is like a standing mirror.
         Always try to wipe it clean;
         Do not let it gather dust.

Hui-neng wrote in response -

         Bodhi originally is no tree;
         The bright mirror has no stand.
         Fundamentally, not one thing exists;
         So where will the dust gather?

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