PZI Teacher Archives
A student asked Yunmen, “What is the teaching that lasts a lifetime?”
Yunmen said, “Say something in response.”
—Blue Cliff Record Case 14 (transl. by John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland, title: Yunmen Says Something in Response)
Takuan Soho—whose death poem was one character: dream—taught the dangers of a distracted mind. Son of a samurai, he understood how to lose your life. Circumstances need not be extreme—we can lose our lives any moment when we rely on devices or install veils between us and the unfixed motion of reality.