Teacher Meets Teacher
Dharma Discourse by John Daido Loori, Roshi
Teachings of Mountains and Rivers, Part IV
Featured in Mountain Record 25.1, Fall 2006
The universe is not obscure. All of its activity and function lie open and exposed. In the ten directions there are no obstructions. When right and wrong are intermingled, even the great sages cannot distinguish them. When heaven and earth are interwoven, you are free to ride the clouds and follow the wind. Responding to the imperative freely, one time wielding the sword that kills, and another time manifesting the sword that gives life. The lotus blooms in the raging fire.
The Main Case
Master Dogen said, “Again, since ancient times, wise ones and sages have lived by the river. When they live by the river they catch fish, or they catch humans, or they catch the Way. These are all traditional water styles. Going further, there must be catching the self, catching the hook, being caught by the hook, and being caught by the Way. In ancient times when Chuanzi suddenly left Yaoshan and went to live on the river, he got the sage of the Flowering River. Is this not catching fish? Is this not catching humans? Catching water? Is this not catching himself? That someone could see Chuanzi is because he is Chuanzi; and Chuanzi’s teaching someone is his meeting himself.”
The Capping Verse
Evening zazen hours advance, sleep hasn't come yet.
More and more I realize
Mountains and rivers are good for the efforts in the Way.
The sounds in the river valley enter my ears.
The light of the moon fills my eyes.
Outside of this, there's not a single thing.