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Dragon Murmurings (BCR2)


A student asked Xingyiang, “What is the Way?”
Xiangyan said, “Dragon murmurings in a withered tree.”
“What is a person of the Way?”
“Eyes in a skull.”
Later, the student asked Xishuang, “What are ‘dragon murmurings in a withered tree’?”
Xishuang replied, “I still have joy.”
Later still, the student asked Caoshan, “Who can hear these dragon murmurings?”
Caoshan replied, “There is no one in the world who isn’t hearing it.”
“What book is ‘dragon murmurings in a withered tree’ from?”
“I don’t know what book it’s from, but everyone who hears it dies.”

—from Xuedou’s verse commentary on Blue Cliff Record Case 2


Dharma Theme April 12, 2023

Dharma Theme: Dragon Teachers & Magical Creatures

PZI Teachers

Anything might be in the Blue Dragon’s cave: awakening, memories, sorrows, dance moves—all the possibilities of your life might be there. You just fall into meditation in the Blue Dragon’s cave. Perhaps your whole life is blessed—every struggle and confusion itself.

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