Don't just exchange wrong for right Barry Magid November 27th 2009

The Book of Equanimity, Case 16 Mayoku thumps his staff

The Main Case

Attention! Mayoku arrived at Shokei's place holding his staff.
He walked three times around the meditation seat of Shokei and thumped his staff once. Shokei said, "Right! Right!"
Mayoku afterward went to Nansen's, walked three times around the meditation seat of Nansen and thumped his staff once.
Nansen remarked "Wrong! Wrong!" Mayoku said, "Shokei said 'Right!' Why do you say, 'Wrong'?"
Nansen said, "For Shokei, it is right. For you it is wrong."

Verse

"Right" and "wrong" - watch out for the trap;
it seems to be putting down, seems to be approving.
Who's the elder is difficult to tell; who's the younger is difficult to tell.
He knows to release when it's time.
What's special about my snatching away?
Thumping the golden staff, standing all alone;
circling the rope mat thrice he plays at leisure.
Being agitated a Sangha spawns right and wrong.
I reflect that a demon's seen in a withered skull.

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