I'm fascinated by the use of the classic figure/ground problem "things-are-only-relationships-to-each other" Heron Hidden in the Moon. And it's paired with another Snow in a Silver Bowl. Dongshan's Samadhi is said to have been seen in reflection in a stream of flowing water. "it now is me, I now am not it" reminds me of a game we used to play when we were kids called "tag." I now am not it. Koan puts me on a hot seat, and I never even asked for one. Now decide are you playing the game or not. Are you in or are you out, because if you are in, you are either it or not it. But it and not it only exist in relation to each other. In tag, if no one is it, no one can be not it. If some one is it, then you can play.SunWuKong wrote: ↑Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:41 amLinda i read it like this:lindama wrote: ↑Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:57 amany comments on this? it occurs to me.... what is jewel mirror samadhi/bright mirror samadhi.... a mirror lacks image, mirrors have no inherent lasting image.... this is a Tibetan teaching. I've never taken snow in a silver bowl to be a nice image to hold in meditation... it takes words away. So it seems that all this beautiful poetry brings us to the ineffable. what does samadhi look like in a jewel mirror with no jewels.
The teaching of Thusness given freely by all Buddha Ancestors is now yours.
Keep it Well.
A silver bowl is hidden under snow, as a heron is hidden in the moon.
Place them side by side and you see the distinction.
(Comment: At what point did you see no distinction?)
Meaning won't be trapped by words. It goes where it wants.
Relying on them, you are left with trembling and regret.
Rejecting and clinging to them is wrong.
Like a ball of fire, useful but dangerous.
Explained plainly, the Mirror loses it's spark.
Seen at night, it's luminous.
What's the universal Principle? How does it remove all suffering?
Even though its unconditioned we still talk of it!
You are used to seeing your reflection,
Now it's your reflection seeing you.
You are everywhere,
and yet there is no "you" anywhere.
(Comment: Don't seek from others,
Or you'll be estranged from yourself.
I now go on alone—
Everywhere I encounter It.
It now is me, I now am not It.
One must understand in this way
To merge with being as is.)
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Also early on, the value of words is questioned. Which is interesting, because all we have is words to go by. Since there is no Dongshan here, all we have is words, pointing to the moon. If we behold the moon, the words fall together. If we don't, they don't.
The whole poem is about a massive fire, which is but a reflection of a massive fire. It is fire, doubled, like the hexagram Li, #30. It is perfect Prajñā, reflected clearly in perfect Samādhi, which of course is impossible for the rational logical mind to conceive of, because in Prajñā there's no room left for anything else, and likewise Samādhi.
Anyhow, LOL that's how i read it so far. Thanks for asking Linda. Thanks for posting El G.