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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

On the Way: Mud and Water

This month's On The Way, the Daily Zen Journal is online,

This month we are visiting with Bassui and a student asking questions. A unique passage which helps us understand the Lotus Sutra...

...When the dragon calls, clouds appear. When the tiger roars, the wind begins to blow.

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Blogger Zen Unbound said...

Q: "What is this precious jewel which hangs around one's neck?"

Bassui: "When the dragon calls, clouds appear. When the tiger roars, the wind begins to blow."

Bassui (1327-1387)

Wuddayaknow! Sounds like this is related to the meaning of the title of the movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

At the IMDB website, trivia subsection, it tells me this: "'Crouching tiger hidden dragon' is a quote from Chinese mythology. It refers to hiding your strength from others; advice which is followed too well by the characters in the film."

At the website this post links to, it tells us:

Bassui: "The law as it is always manifests itself; nothing is hidden. All form is interconnected. When a person aspires to liberation and looks penetratingly into his own nature, the cloud of emotions will disappear, waves of discrimination will cease, and knowledge will become strikingly clear. At this point you should realize this Wonderful Law is the inherent nature of all Buddhas and ordinary beings. It is pure in itself."

So, what does the Lotus sutra tell us? Perhaps that we must be 'authentic.'

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