Shôyôroku, Case 54: Ungan and the “Great Mercy”

Teisho presented by Arno Hess on 19/02/2023 at the Pathway Zen Zenkai at Spring Hill, QLD, Australia.


Transparent on eight sides, totally open in ten directions;
Emitting light and shaking the earth in all places,
Exercising supernatural deeds and subtle functions at all times:
Tell me, how could this be manifested?


Ungan asked Dôgo, “What does the Bodhisattva of the great Mercy use so many
hands and eyes for?” Dôgo answered, “It is like a person in the middle of the night reaching
with his hand behind his head groping for his pillow.” Ungan said, “I get it.” Dôgo said, “How
do you get it?” Ungan said, “The whole body is hands and eyes.” Dôgo said, “You said it very
well. But you expressed (just) eight-tenths of it.” Ungan said, “How would you say it, Elder
Brother?” Dôgo said, “The entire body is hands and eyes.”


One hole, void and open;
Transparent on eight sides.
Without form, without “I”, spring takes its shape;
Unobstructed and unhindered, the moon travels through the firmament.
Pure treasure eyes, arms of virtue;
“The whole body” and “the entire body” – how do they compare with each other?
The hands and eyes at this moment manifest the entire activities:
The great functions, vertical and horizontal – how could they detest anything at all?

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