Both will fade
Only slightly ahead of those who left them
In turn, so will the echoes of the canon
Held in the breath
Is the path to the old monk in the Western Heaven
This stage of the Ox Herding intimidated me before I even began.
How much of my understanding is merely conceptual, intellectual? But if this is my root, my source, am I not experiencing it in each moment?
Only, at what depth?
I’m looking at this now asking, “Did I just write that?” (I can’t say I’m over myself just yet!)
Even understanding seems transient!
Both Bull and Self Transcended
Whip, rope, man, and ox,
All are non-existent.
The blue sky being vast,
No message can be heard,
Just as the snowflake cannot last
In the flaming red furnace.
After this state,
One can join the ancient teachers.