The Single Thread
Dharma Discourse by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei
Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei is the abbot and director of operations of Zen Mountain Monastery.
A monk asked Chih Men, “What is the body of wisdom?”
Chih Men said, “An oyster swallowing the bright moon.”
The monk asked, “What is the function of wisdom?” Chih Men said, “A rabbit getting pregnant.”
One piece of empty solidity, beyond saying and feeling;
From this humans and gods see Subhuti.
The oyster swallowing, the mysterious rabbit—deep, deep meaning:
Having been given to Ch’an people, it makes them fight and struggle.