Caoshan's Dharma Body


Caoshan asked Elder De, “’The true Dharma-body of Buddha is like the empty sky. It manifests its form corresponding to things – just like the moon on the water.’ How do you explain the principle of this corresponding?”
De said, “It is like a donkey looking into a well.”
Caoshan said, “You put it in a nice way, but you were able to say only eighty percent.”
De said, “How about you, Master?”
Caoshan said, “It is like a well looking at a donkey.”

Text April 21, 2020

Çaoshan’s Dharma Body with Sarah Bender Roshi

Sarah Bender

Wisdom has no knowledge, but there is nothing it does not know. Therefore, purity pervades, with abundance.” This is a purity of inclusion and intimacy, not exclusion and definition. That’s abundance. You are this abundance.

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