MODEL SUBJECT NO. 75
FROM THE HEKIGAN ROKU
(BLUE CLIFF RECORDS)
The treasure sword always is present (beyond oneness and duality). It is a life-taking sword and yet a life-giving sword. Sometimes it is here (in the teacher’s hand) and sometimes there (in the student’s hand); but this make no difference. gaining or losing it and its positive and negative use are at each other’s disposal. Just consider! How do you make good use of the Treasure Sword without attaching to the idea of host and guest, or integration and disintegration?
Note by Reverend Suzuki:
In the last Wind Bell, in the discussion of Model Subject No. 73, I explained the Middle Way or negative aspect of life, which provides us with the full meaning of life in various circumstances. In this Introductory Word, En-go presents the same aspect under the name of Treasure Sword.
These subjects are kōans to which Zen students devote themselves with great effort. It is important to confront yourself with the experiences of the old Zen students by reading these stories over and over again. I shall be very glad if you will give my writing your critical attention. (more…)