• SIT-A-LONG with Taigu: The sound of a bell

    In the very begining of Shobogenzo, Dogen quotes a famous poem of Nyojo, his teacher:

    My late master, the eternal buddha, says:

    Whole body like a mouth, hanging in space;
    Not asking if the wind is east, west, south, or north,
    For all others equally, it speaks praj˝ā.
    Chin ten ton ryan chin ten ton.

    Free, careless, empty, the bell and the sound cannot be broken in two. Is the bell just a bell? Isn't the bell bigger, much larger? How large, how big is it? And where are you in the picture?