All is emptiness

Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. One day, he called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.
He wanted to show his attainment and was full of pride.

Tesshu: The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no realization, no delusion, no wisdom, no mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be received.

Suddenly Dokuon whacked Tesshu with his bamboo pipe. This made Tesshu quite angry.

Tesshu: Why did you hit me?

Dokuon: If nothing exists, where did this great anger come from?

"No good, no evil, no sorrow, no happiness, all is emptiness." This profound statement is not even understood by ordinary people. The Zen uttered by Yamaoka Tesshu is but empty words.

山冈铁舟到处参访名师。一天,他来到相国寺见独园和尚。 为了表示他的悟境,他十分得意。
铁舟: 心、佛,以及众生,三者皆空。现象的真性是空。无悟、无迷、无圣、无凡、无施、无受。

铁舟: 你干吗打我?
独园: 一切皆空,哪儿来这么大的脾气?


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