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Guanyin's Hands and Eyes (BCR89)


Yunyan asked Daowu, “How does Guanyin use all those hands
and eyes?”
Daowu answered, “It’s like feeling behind you for a pillow in the middle of the night.”
“I understand.”
“What do you understand?”
“The whole body is hands and eyes.”
“That’s very well expressed, but it doesn’t say it all.”
“What would you say, older brother?”
“All through the body are hands and eyes.”

—Blue Cliff Record Case 89

(transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland)

Misc December 17, 2017

Hands and Eyes

Allison Atwill

Allison Atwill, “Hands and Eyes,” 2008. Acrylic on birch panel with gold leaf, 18″ x 24″.