The Great Zen Master Ta Hui ~ 31

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event type discourse
date & time 17 Aug 1987 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 49min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle TAHUI31
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutra
In our family there is indeed a subtle marvel not transmitted. It wouldn't help even if the sky became my mouth, and grass, trees, pebbles, and stones all emitted light to help me expound the truth. Thus we believe that this thing cannot be transmitted and cannot be studied: It requires one's own realization and enlightenment.
Be sure to remember the words of the previous day: "In principle, it's sudden enlightenment -- taking advantage of enlightenment to clear everything away. In the event, phenomena are not suddenly removed but exhausted gradually." Whether you're walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, you must not forget! You don't have to seek special excellence or extraordinary wonders besides.
Master Shui Lao asked Ma Tsu, "What is the true meaning of the coming from the West?"
Ma Tsu then knocked him down with a kick to the chest: Shui Lao was greatly enlightened. He got up, clapping his hands and laughing loudly, and said, "How extraordinary! How wonderful! Instantly, on the tip of a hair, I've understood the root source of myriad states of concentration, and countless subtle meanings." Then he bowed and withdrew. Afterwards, he would tell the assembly, "From the time I took Ma Tsu's kick, up until now, I haven't stopped laughing."


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