DOGO’S GREATEST DEPTH 鐵笛倒吹 六十六

If you walk into the room
and many are meditating,
how will you know which
is the teacher, which the students?

If one sits on a higher platform
will you assume him teacher
and ask the depth of his Zen?
If he comes down to you
and says he has no depth to offer
do not think him a fool.
When you sit at the bottom
of the ocean and look down
the water beneath you is shallow
but the surface of the sea
cannot be seen.


Reflecting on Case 66 of the Iron Flute (Tetteki Tosui)

PERIPHERAL VISION

Open your eyes.
What do you see?
            The sky

Close your eyes.
What do you see?
            Nothing

 Then open your eyes.
What do you see?
            The sky

Close your eyes.
What do you see?
            Nothing

Now open your eyes.
What do you see?
            The sky
            and a large hawk

Close your eyes.
What do you see?
            Nothing

Open your eyes.
What do you see?
            Nothing,
            it is night

Close your eyes.
What do you see?
            Deep into the universe.