Thursday, August 29, 2013
KOAN: Zuigan's Permanent Principle
PREFACE TO THE ASSEMBLY
Even though you try to call it thus, it quickly changes.
At the place where knowledge fails to reach, it should not be talked about.
Here: Is there something to penetrate?
Zuigan asked Ganto, "What is the original, permanent principle?"
Ganto replied, “Moving.”
Zuigan asked, “How about when it moves?"
Ganto said, "You don’t see the original, permanent principle.”
Zuigan was flabbergasted.
Ganto remarked, "When you agree, you are not liberated from the senses and their dust.
When you don’t agree, you sink into life and death forever."
Perfect jewel without flaw, a great gemstone needs no polish.
Where the person of the Way is praiseworthy, she has no sharp edges.
When the path of agreement is forgotten, senses and dust are empty,
Liberated body without dependence. Alive and frisky!