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Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish is v

Postby partofit22 on Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:36 pm

Leaping Free, the Primal Life, Deep and Bright
April 30, 2014 By Dosho Port

Recently, at the end of a long day of sorting and packing and hauling (omg, the hauling and stacking!) for our big move from house/zendo to our Portland, ME, Great Tides Zen destination for July 1, I opened up Dogen’s Extensive Record and a lovely koan lept from the page as if I’d never encountered it before.

This one doesn’t occur in any of what have become the standard collections. Dogen found it in the Shumon Toyoshu (Collection of the Essence of the Tradition in the Essential Gate) – a text from the Huanglong branch of the Rinzai lineage, the branch that Dogen inherited and we in Soto Zen continue to transmit, the branch that seems to have specialized in the entangling vines approach to koan introspection.

In any case, it is another lovely koan. This one has become sustenance for road. It’s about the nature and practice of freedom, of course – how to be free in this world of traps and cages, sorting and hauling.

Here it is:

Two monks named Deep and Bright once arrived at the Huai River and saw people pulling a fishing net. A carp escaped through the net. Deep said, “Brother Bright, how fleet, just like a patch-robed monk.”

Bright said, “Although that is so, how can it compare to not pushing into the net in the first place?”

Deep said, “Brother Bright, you lack realization.”

Later, in the middle of the night, Bright finally had some insight.”

Dogen’s Verse:

The flowing waters of the Huai River reach Deep and Bright.
Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish is vivid.
If this life does not return to the river depths,
Sadly, it never sees the great wave rolling.

Here we find ourselves as patch-robed monks traveling with just a few things – robes, begging bowl, perhaps an umbrella. A far cry from the two pods we packed with clothing, furniture, and the inheritance from Wild Fox Zen that now becomes the beginnings of the physical manifestation of our new training center (zafus, zabuton, art, instruments, etc.).

As Deep and Bright are already free of so much of the world. Perhaps Deep more than Bright, knowing that without the entanglement of the net, there’s no freedom.

And we are more than the Deep and Bright patch-robed monks – also the carp leaping free, the net, the village people fishing.

As Bright, we receive our companion’s directness to heart and roll with it through the night – carp, net, village people, and Deep. What did Bright see such that the koan reports that he finally had some insight?

Happily, in the bright depths of this rolling life – the great wave.


http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildfoxzen/2014/04/leaping-free-the-primal-life-with-deep-and-bright.html


The flowing waters of the Huai River reach Deep and Bright.
Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish is vivid.
If this life does not return to the river depths,
Sadly, it never sees the great wave rolling...

Awesome!
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Re: Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish

Postby amelia on Sun Jun 22, 2014 3:53 pm

Thanks for posting one I have not read yet. The strike of it has me feeling fresh this morning. Gassho
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Re: Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish

Postby partofit22 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:22 pm

You're welcome- :)
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Re: Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:08 pm

Dosho Port wrote:... a text from the Huanglong branch of the Rinzai lineage, the branch that Dogen inherited and we in Soto Zen continue to transmit, the branch that seems to have specialized in the entangling vines approach to koan introspection. (Emphasis added)


I did a double take on reading that sentence, and you may have too. So what's up with that statement that Dogen inherited the Huanglong branch of the Rinzai/Linji lineage?

It is a reminder that Dogen received transmission in the Linji lineage from his first Japanese Zen teacher Myozen (明全) even before he went to China. That transmission didn't just evaporate. Even though Dogen never particularly touted it, it was still his training and first education in Zen, and we can certainly surmise that it was precisely because of this six years (1217-1223) of prior Linji lineage training in Japan and the additional 2 years in China (1223-1225), some of which was under the Linji master Wuji, that he was able to have his great awakening after only two months of additional training under Rujing (如淨, J. Nyojo) (met on 5/1/1225, awakening approx. beginning ofJuly 1225) and became Rujing's successor just two months later on September 18,1225. Dogen continued to refer to both Myozen and Rujing with the affectionate title "former teacher," senshi (先師), and he acknowledged that Myozen "transmitted the supreme Dharma rightly."

So Dogen's Linji/Rinzai lineage training should not be overlooked or discounted and his study of koans in particular is attributable to his years in the Linji lineage.

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P.S. Just a reminder that all the sectarian distinctions between Linji/Rinzai and Caodong/Soto, etc, should all be taken with great gobs of salt and seen as phantoms and illusions. While methods may be distinguished, the Buddha Dharma has no sectarian distinctions to rely upon.
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Re: Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:32 pm

Dosho Port wrote:Recently, at the end of a long day of sorting and packing and hauling (omg, the hauling and stacking!) for our big move from house/zendo to our Portland, ME, Great Tides Zen destination for July 1,


If you follow the link to Great Tides Zen you will see a wonderful calligraphy saying "Great Tides Zen," and if you poke around a little you can see on the "about" page that the calligraphy comes from Nonin.

Great-Tides-Zen3-300x146.jpg

Readers here at ZFI may not know of this freely leaping aspect of Nonin's practice, so please appreciate it.

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Re: Leaping free, the primal life of the golden-scaled fish

Postby Gregory Wonderwheel on Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:13 am

FYI for Buddha-nerds, “Deep” (Shen, 深) is Fengxian Daoshen and “Bright”
(Ming, 明) is Chingliang Zhiming.

This koan is also found in Andy Ferguson’s great collection Zen’s
Chinese Heritage
at the bottom of page 295.

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