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Monday, May 25, 2015


"身心脱落" T'ien-t'ung Ju-ching shouted,
finding a sitting monk half sleeping.
He meant it kindly, but his urgency
cracked air, a thundernote. "You must
let fall body and mind!" the old
man pleaded. Dogen, sitting nearby,
felt himself moved from a stuck place
toward a resolution he had sought.
He then traveled home, determined
to teach his people the simplest way to let
go. "Sit," he told his students, "just sit.
In doing so you are already Buddha;
there is nothing further to obtain."

What effect the shout may have had
on the sleeping monk, we are not told.


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