Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma
Book 12
Lancet of Zazen
(Zazen shin)


"If you're studying seated buddha, this is killing buddha."
This means that, in further investigating "seated buddha", there is the virtue of "killing buddha". The very moment of a "seated buddha" is "killing buddha". Indeed, when we pursue it, the marks and signs and the radiance of "killing buddha" will always be a "seated buddha". Although the word kill here is identical with the term used by commoners, it is not simply the same as the [usage of the] commoner. Moreover, we must investigate in what form it is that a "seated buddha" is "killing buddha". Taking up the fact that "killing buddha" is a virtue of the buddha, we should study whether we are killing people or not killing people.