MODEL SUBJECT NO. 53
FROM THE HEKIGAN ROKU
(BLUE CLIFF RECORDS)
Introductory Word by Engo
Introducing Engo said, “Obtaining the sole existing independent body, the total free activity takes place.” (When you become one with an object, your activity is omnipresent, the activity of one existence.) “On each occasion, an enlightened mind is quite free from intercourse with the world.” (This is called intuitive free activity.) “Only because he has no idea of self are his words powerful enough to put an end to ordinary mind.” (Baso’s powerful way in this main-subject.) Think for a while. After all, from what place did the ancients get the ultimate restfulness. Ponder about the following subject.
Attention! Once, when Baso was walking with his disciple Hyakujo, wild ducks were flying over them. Baso, the great teacher, said, “What are they?” Hyakujo said, “They are wild ducks.” Baso said, “Where are they going?” Hyakujo said, “They are flying away.”
Baso gave Hyakujo’s nose a great tweak. Hyakujo cried out with pain. Baso said, “Did they indeed fly off?”