SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Fukanzazengi XCVII

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In an old Chinese story ...

A man was a collector of paintings and carvings of dragons. He loved to talk about dragons, and to read every book about dragons. He would debate endlessly, with other dragon collectors, what makes and does not make a dragon.
One day, a real dragon heard about the man and thought to pay his respects to such a great fan. He thus flew down to the man's door.
The man, terrified at seeing an actual dragon before his eyes, ran away at first sight of the real thing.
The dragon, in return, reached out and sunk his teeth deep into the man's backside.

Moral of the Story -- Don't miss the real thing as it bites you on the butt

I beseech you, noble friends in learning through experience, do not grow used to images and doubt the real dragon. Apply yourself to the path which is directly indicated and straightforward. Revere people who are beyond study and free of the intention to achieve. Accord with the enlightened state of the buddhas. Be a rightful heir to the balanced state of the ancestors. If you practice the ineffable for a long time, you will be ineffable. The treasure-house will open naturally, and you will receive and use [its contents] as you like. [Nishijima]

Please, honored followers of Zen, long accustomed to groping for the elephant, do not doubt the true dragon. Devote your energies to the way of direct pointing at the real. Revere the one who has gone beyond learning and is free from effort. Accord with the enlightenment of all the buddhas; succeed to the samadhi of all the ancestors. Continue to live in such a way, and you will be such a person. The treasure store will open of itself, and you may enjoy it freely.[SZTP]


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