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Bright Pearl (Ikka-no-Myoju)

By November 15, 2014No Comments

Master Gensa Shibi said as an expression of the truth, ‘The whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl’.

One day a monk asked Master Gensa, ‘I have heard your words that the whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl. How should we understand this?’ The Master answered, ‘The whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl. What use is understanding?’. Later the Master asked the monk, ‘How do you understand this?’ the monk replied, ‘The whole universe in the ten directions is one bright pearl. What use is understanding?’ The Master said, ‘I see that you are struggling to get inside a demon’s cave in a black mountain…even surmising and worry is not different from the bright pearl. No action nor any thought has ever been caused by anything other than the bright pearl. Therefore, forward and backward steps in a demon’s black-mountain cave are just the one bright pearl itself.’—Dogen Zenji

* Myoju (bright pearl) is the name of Jikishoan’s quarterly newsletter.