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Date Posted: 08:04
Author: Mike - 4 Sep 2001
Subject: Koan: Yun Men's Staff Changes into a Dragon


Buddhas and sentient beings-fundamentally there is no difference between them. Mountains and rivers and one's own self-how could there be any distincion? Why then is it all divided into two sides?

Even if you can set words turning and occupy the essential bridge, it still won't do to let go. If you don't let go, the whole great earth isn't worth grasping. But what is the place to set words turning? I cite this: look!


Yun Men showed his staff to the assembly and said, " The staff has changed into a dragon and swallowed the universe. Mountains, rivers, the great earth-where are they to be found?"

The Blue Cliff Record
translated by Thomas Cleary
and J.C. Cleary

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