Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Zhaozhou's Iron Broom of Instant Awakening
Rujing addressed the monks, saying, "Thoughts in the mind are confused and scattered. How can they be controlled? In the story about Zhaozhou and whether or not a dog has the buddha nature, there is an iron broom named 'Wu.' If you use it to sweep thoughts, they just become more numerous. Then you frantically sweep harder, trying to get rid of even more thoughts. Day and night you sweep with all your might, furiously working away. All of a sudden, the broom breaks into vast emptiness, and you instantly penetrate the myriad differences and thousand variations of the universe."
Posted by ALW at 1:02 PM