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Yunmen's Light (BCR86)


Yunmen taught, “Everybody has a light inside. When you’re looking for it, you can’t see; it’s obscured in the dimness. What is this light that everybody has?”
He himself answered, “The kitchen pantry, the entrance gate.”
Then he said, “It’s better to have nothing than to have something good.”

—Blue Cliff Record Case 86

(transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland)