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.”
-Blue Cliff Record, Case 3
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.
Audio- Excerpt from longer Friday morning talk on master Ma, sickness and health at Summer Sesshin.