PZI Teacher Archives
A monk asked Dasui, “The conflagration at the end of the eon
sweeps through and the universe is totally destroyed. I wonder,
is this one destroyed or not?”
Sui said, “It is destroyed.”
The monk said, “If so, then this goes along with it.”
Sui said, “It goes along with it.”
—Blue Cliff Record Case 29
Alternate translation from John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland:
A student asked Dasui,
“It’s clear that the fire at the end of this kalpa will completely destroy the universe.
I’m still not clear whether there’s something that won’t be destroyed.”
Dasui said, “It will be destroyed.”
“It’ll leave along with everything else?”
“It will leave along with everything else,” said Dasui.
The 3rd of John Tarrant’s Sunday series on predicament koans. John talks about the Great Kalpa Fire koan. A kalpa is a great age, eon, or universe. Opening Talk excerpted from Sunday Zen on September 18, 2022. (Complete Sunday Zen video also available.)
Excerpt from the 3rd of John Tarrant’s Sunday series on predicament koans. John talks about the Great Kalpa Fire. (Kalpa is a great age, eon, or universe.) Recording from the beginning of Sunday Zen on September 18, 2022. 10 minutes.
The great cataclysmic fire at the end of the universe is us, is in our hands, because there is no separation. A student asks three teachers the same question: “At the end of the universe, will everything be destroyed?” and gets different answers. It is like asking, “Do you think I am really going to die?” and then getting three opinions. Complete Sunday Talk recorded September 18, 2022.