PZI Teacher Archives
Yunmen's Two Sicknesses (BS11)
Great Master Yunmen said,
“When the light does not penetrate freely, there are two kinds of sickness. One is when all places are not clear and there is something before you. Having penetrated the emptiness of all things, subtly it seems like there is something—this too is the light not penetrating freely.
Also, the dharmakaya has two kinds of sickness—one is when you manage to reach the dharmakaya, but because your clinging to Dharma is not forgotten, your sense of self still remains, and you fall into the realm of the dharmakaya.
Even if you can pass through, if you let go, that won’t do. Examining carefully, (to think) ‘What breath is there?’—this too is sickness.”
—Book of Serenity, Case 11 & from The Record of Gate of the Clouds
Beyond Clarity & Confusion
Jesse Cardin gets a phone call about a warrant for his arrest and enters the realms of clarity and confusion. Who can wait quietly till the mud settles? It’s not our business if we’re clear or confused. Whatever arrives carries us through. Stories and koans from the Odyssey, Daodejing, Yunmen, and a hermit who enters the jumbled mountains without a backward glance. As recorded April 24th, 2022.
Yunmen’s Two Kinds of Sicknesses
John Tarrant gives a talk during Fall Sesshin: September 22, 2017.