Archive for November, 1962

November 1962

Thursday, November 1st, 1962

Shunryū Suzuki-rōshi

BLUE CLIFF RECORD, Case 6

Ummon’s EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY

[Date unknown; thought to be 1962]

Um-mon Bun-en (Yun-men Wen-yen) was a disciple of Sep-pō (Hsueh-feng I-ts’un).  He died in 949.

Introductory Comments by Suzuki-rōshi

Each existence, animate and inanimate, is changing during every moment day and night.  The change is like flowing water which does not ever come back and which reveals its true nature in its eternal travel.

Water flowing and clouds drifting are similar to a well-trained old Zen master.  The true nature of water and clouds is like the determined, single-minded, traveling monks, who do not take off their traveling sandals even under the roof of sages.  Worldly pleasure, philosophical pursuit, or whimsical ideas do not interest the traveling monk, sincere to his true nature, for he does not want to be fat and idle.  Such a monk does not care for hospitality which would stop his travels.  He recognizes as true friends only those who travel with him on the way.

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