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Case 2 Hyakujõ's Fox 二 百丈野狐
When Hyakujõ Oshõ delivered a certain series of sermons, an old man always followed the monks to the main hall and listened to him.
When the monks left the hall, the old man would also leave.
One day, however, he remained behind, and Hyakujõ asked him, "Who are you, standing here before me?"
The old man replied.
"I am not a human being.
In the old days of Kashyapa Buddha, I was a head monk, living here on this mountain.
One day a student asked me, 'Does a man of enlightenment fall under the yoke of causation or not?'
I answered, 'No, he does not.'
Since then I have been doomed to undergo five hundred rebirths as a fox.
I beg you now to give the turning word to release me from my life as a fox.
Tell me, does a man of enlightenment fall under the yoke of causation or not?"
Hyakujõ answered, "He does not ignore causation."
No sooner had the old man heard these words than he was enlightened.
Making his bows, he said, "I am emancipated from my life as a fox. I shall remain on this mountain.
I have a favor to ask of you: would you please bury my body as that of a dead monk."
Hyakujõ had the director of the monks strike with the gavel and inform everyone that after the midday meal there would be a funeral service for a dead monk.
The monks wondered at this, saying, "Everyone is in good health; nobody is in the sick ward. What does this mean?"
After the meal Hyakujõ led the monks to the foot of a rock on the far side of the mountain and with his staff poked out the dead body of a fox and performed the ceremony of cremation.
That evening he ascended the rostrum and told the monks the whole story.
Õbaku thereupon asked him, "The old man gave the wrong answer and was doomed to be a fox for five hundred rebirths. Now, suppose he had given the right answer, what would have happened then?"
Hyakujõ said, "You come here to me, and I will tell you."
Õbaku went up to Hyakujõ and boxed his ears.
Hyakujõ clapped his hands with a laugh and exclaimed, "I was thinking that the barbarian had a red beard, but now I see before me the red-bearded barbarian himself."
Not falling under causation: how could this make the monk a fox?
Not ignoring causation: how could this make the old man emancipated?
If you come to understand this, you will realize how old Hyakujõ would have enjoyed five hundred rebirths as a fox.
Mumon's Verse 頌曰
不落不昧 Not falling, not ignoring:
兩采一賽 Two faces of one die.
不昧不落 Not ignoring, not falling:
千錯萬錯 A thousand errors, a million mistakes.
When we see a mirror, our reflection is empty. However, it is a reflection of our face, not other faces.
Although karma is empty of Essence, everyone is bound to it.
Like Padmashambava advices:
Our view must be like space, but our action must be as fine as flour.
Unless, we still cannot sleep in the public toilet, or give our eyes freely, don't boast, watch out our action.
But if you can sleep well in public toilet, give your eyes freely, already perfect in any aspects of the view, go ahead to do anything as whatever empty karma occurs to you, you can experience it as free of good and bad.
Through nonconceptuality, he is immovable.
the old man is already freed.
Founder and teacher of Tallahassee Chan Center of the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism
Received inka from Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009) in 1995
I've always admired and felt gratitude for Robert Aitken Roshi's (1990) translation of these lines of the Case:
Pai-chang said, 'Such a person does not evade the law of cause and effect.' "
Google tells me: "In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful"
I thought it was Arabic for: "off topic"
May WAKU'AN'S "WHY NO BEARD?" be the next koan
Waku'an (looking at Bodhidharma's picture) complained, "Why has that Barbarian no beard?"
If you study Zen, you must study it with all your heart. When you attain enlightenment, it must be true enlightenment. When you really meet Bodhidharma face to face, then you finally have gotten it right. However when you start explaining it with words, you have fallen into duality.
Do not explain your dream
Before a fool.
The barbarian has no beard,
How could you add obscurity to clarity?
Beard, no beard...where is the mistake? (that's an interesting translation, btw.)
Kwan Um has particular way of dealing with kong an's. It's not special, just different, geared toward lay folks. I don't feel like explaining it here, the internet being the internet. The practice has been helpful to me. If you are truly interested, pm me, or ask in the Teacher section. Zen Master Judy Roitman, a Kwan Um person, may answer your question. My own sense is that it is a complicated subject, best dealt with in person, if at all possible.
Isn't that what the stone girl is for.
Mijn Oude Vriend uit de woestijn begrijpt geen Nederlands. <3
Generally speaking, she just dances, Marcin.
Thanks for the reply
It is not a waste of time being with you
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