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Ghosts Howl and Spirits Wail (BCR 59)
If you pour water into water,
it doesn’t get wetter;
wind blowing cannot enter.
The tiger prowls, the dragon walks,
ghosts howl, the spirits wail.
—Xuedou’s Verse in Blue Cliff Record Case 59 (transl. John Tarrant & Joan Sutherland)
Text November 23, 2022
A Blue Cliff Record Journey of Not Picking & Choosing
It’s remarkable that the Picking & Choosing koan appears four times in the Blue Cliff Record, which contains only one hundred cases. So, what to do with it? Whatever you see is going to be true, it’s going to belong to you.