空はいつ地に落ちる | When the sky falls

僧が趙州和尚に言った、栢樹ヒノキに仏性は有りますか。和尚、有る。栢樹はいつ仏に成りますか。空が地に落ちる時じゃ。空はいつ地に落ちますか。栢樹が仏に成る時じゃ。

「栢樹」は樹の名であると同時に、それを眺めるあなたの名である。あなたは別に某という名を持っているかもしれないが、栢樹を見ているときには栢樹なのであり、海を見ているときには海、花を見ているときには花なのだ。栢樹が仏に成る時、あなたは仏になる。もう少し説明的に言えば、栢樹を見るあなたの眼が仏の眼に成る。つまり眼が覚める。その眼を向ければ、栢樹は仏に成っている。

眼があなたに属すと考えるのを止め、これを道具と思う。道具としての眼の扱いを修行し、熟達して、あたかもそれが自分の眼であるかの如くに感じられた時はじめて、あなたは「見る」ことができる。もはや、空が日々地に落ちるのがありありと見える。あなたは言うだろう、

栢樹子の成仏する毎度に虚空落地するなり。その落地、響かくれざること百千の雷よりもすぎたり。

正法眼蔵第四十「栢樹子」

(栢樹が仏になる毎度に空が落ちる。落ちる毎度に百千の雷が同時に鳴るよりも激しい音が響きわたる。)

 

A monk asked the master Zhàozhōu if the cypress tree has buddha nature. Zhàozhōu answered, “It has”. The monk asked further, “Then, when does it become buddha?” Zhàozhōu: “Wait till the sky falls to the ground.” The monk: “When does the sky fall to the ground?” Zhàozhōu: “Wait till the cypress becomes buddha”.

“Cypress” is the name for the cypress tree and simultaneously the name for you yourself who are looking at the cypress. Even if you have your own name registered at the city office, you are actually the “cypress” when you look at the cypress, the “ocean” when you are sailing in the ocean, a “flower” when you love a flower in the garden. When the cypress becomes buddha, you become buddha. In a more rational description, when your eyes on the cypress becomes the eyes of buddha, awakened eyes, then the cypress over there will be a different cypress, a cypress-like buddha.

Try not take for granted that your eyes are part of you, and think them as an external tool for seeing. You have to go into a hard training to acquire the skills to use them. Only when you get through the training to have a conviction that the eyes have become your eyes, you will be able to “see”. You will see every thing and every moment, the falling sky onto the ground, for example. You will witness:

Every time the cypress tree becomes buddha, the sky falls. Sounds of falling are striking, louder than hundreds of thousands of thunder strikes.

: Cypress Tree, Shōbōgenzō

 

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