MODEL SUBJECT NO. 82
FROM THE BLUE CLIFF RECORDS
DAIRYŪ’S IMMUTABLE LAW-BODY
Translation and Commentary by Reverend Suzuki
Introducing, Engo said: Only a man with open eyes knows the catgut line of the fishing rod. Only an advanced mind catches the true idea of the extraordinary procedure. What is the catgut line of the fishing rod and the extraordinary procedure?
Attention! A monk asked Dairyū, “The physical body is disintegrating, but what about the immutable spiritual body?”
As you may see, this monk is apparently asking a question based on a dualistic idea: an immutable spiritual body and as a disintegrating physical body. However, not speaking of Zen experience or pure Enlightenment, according to the Buddhist philosophical canon: every existence has the same essential nature which is spiritual and physical, permanent and impermanent.