Sweeping away all the parts of ourselves we'd rather not deal with Barry Magid September 10th 2016

The Book of Equanimity, Case 89 Tozan's no grass

Pointer

Move, and your body is buried ten thousand feet deep.
Don't move, and right there a sprout grows.
You'll be fine if you quickly sweep away both of these
and can cast out the in between.
Furthermore, buy straw sandals and go on a pilgrimage to realize it.

The Main Case

Master Tozan addressed the assembly saying, "It's the beginning of Autumn, and it's Summer's end, my brothers. Some of you will go East and some West. But straight away go to a place where there's no grass for ten thousand miles." After a pause he added, "But for such a place where there is no grass for ten thousand miles, how can you go there?"

Later Master Sekito said, "Go out the gate, and there's grass."
And Master Taiyo said, "Don't go out the gate, and there's grass everywhere."

Verse

Grass all over.
You, inside and outside the gate, see for yourself.
In a thicket of briars it's easy to place your feet.
In darkness outside drawn blinds it's hard to turn your body around.
See, see how many?
For a time be as an old tree with wintry skeletal branches.
Be about to pursue the spring breezes.
About to enter the burned out fields.

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