Master Ma Is Unwell (BCR3)

KOAN:

Ancestor Ma was sick. The superintendent of the monastery asked him, “How are you feeling these days?” The Ancestor said, “Sun Face Buddha, Moon Face Buddha.”

—The Blue Cliff Record, Case 3

Sun Face Buddha, Moon Face Buddha
What kind of people where the ancient emperors!
For twenty years I have struggled fiercely,
How many times have I gone down to the Blue Dragon’s Cave for you?
This distress is worth recounting,
Clear-eyed bodhisattvas should not take it lightly.

—Xuedou’s commentary on Case 3

Text September 1, 2020

How Many Times Have I Gone There for You?

John Tarrant

Just at this moment, the whole universe is holding us up. It’s nice for it to have a good job like that. That’s the thing that Master Ma said, the great master Mazu, “At a certain stage you have to make yourself a raft and a ferry for others if you want to go forward from the place you cannot go forward from.” This letting yourself feel—feel the moment and how it spreads out. There is no other moment. There is this, this, this, the Blue Dragon moment. It goes out through the galaxies.

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