Mar 18th, 2012
Furthermore, the whole body far transcends dust and dirt: who could believe in the means of sweeping and polishing? In general, we never depart from the place where we should be: of what use, then, are the tiptoes of training?
De plus, le corps dans sa totalité est au delà de toute poussière, qui peut croire qu’il est besoin de l épousseter et le polir ? En général, jamais nous ne quittons cet endroit mémé, pourquoi se soumettre alors a un entrainement diligent?
This section refers to the legendary contest in the Platform Sutra between the talented and gifted student and the ignorant and inspired kitchen boy , Huineng, who will ultimately receive the transmission and robe.
The knowledgeable student writes...
The body is a Bodhi [Perfect Wisdom] tree, the mind a standing mirror bright. At all times polish it diligently, and let no dust alight.
and Huineng answers:
Bodhi is no tree, nor is the mind a standing mirror bright. Since all is originally empty, where does the dust alight?
Of course, both poems are valid. They complement each other, offering both sides of the same coin.