MODEL SUBJECT NO. 73
FROM THE BLUE CLIFF RECORDS
BASO’S FOUR PROPOSITIONS,
ONE HUNDRED NEGATIONS
Engo’s Introductory Word
Introducing, he said: The true preaching of Dharma goes beyond preaching or not preaching (true preaching is not preaching). True listening to Dharma is not only a matter of listening or not (true listening is no listening). If the true word is beyond perception (true preaching is no preaching), it may be better not to speak. If true listening is something other than listening or not (true listening is not listening), it may be better not to speak.
However, to speak of Dharma without saying anything about it, and to listen to it without ideas about it are perfect ways to transmit right Dharma. This no-preaching and no-listening is all that is needed.
Well, you are in my monastery and listening to my words. But how can you avoid the difficulties to have perfect understanding of right Dharma by words?
If you have the wisdom to get through these difficulties, I will introduce you to an example to ponder.
Notes by Reverend Suzuki on the above translation.
1. I gave a free but faithful rendering of the original text according to the instruction of my Master, Kishizawa Ian-rōshi.
Usually no is negative, but no at the same time is a stronger affirmative than yes. It means emancipation from yes and no. No word means right word under some circumstances, and at the same time, under other circumstances, it means that the connotation of the word should be denied. Saying no form, no color, should be understood in the same way. (more…)