Trust Your Own Perfection
Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj Sensei
Gateless Gate, Case 45
Wuzu: "Who Is That Other?"
Featured in Mountain Record 29.1, Fall 2010
The Main Case
Wuzu said, “Shakyamuni and Maitreya are servants of another. Tell me, who is that other?”
If you can see this other and distinguish him or her clearly, then it is like encountering your parents at the crossroads. You will not need to ask somebody whether or not you’re right.
Don't draw another's bow;
don't ride another's horse;
don't discuss another's faults;
don't explore another's affairs.
Do you believe this? Do you trust this reality and are you willing to take full responsibility for living out of this fact? It is within these questions that this koan can come to life. Do you really believe that you are a perfect person, an intrinsically enlightened being containing the totality of this universe? Perfection personified? And pushing the edge of this line of inquiry further, do you trust that it is precisely the way you’re experiencing yourself right here, right now that is the manifestation of that perfection? How completely do you have faith in this reality?