Mirror of Seon (3) *
- Author: Park Young-eui
- Publish: International Journal of Buddhist Thought and Culture Volume 17, Issue0, p113~130, Sep 2011
“There is One-thing that is pure and sublime from its birthless birth, and as it has neither beginning nor end, there is no way to be named or described.” This is the opening line of ‘The Mirror of Seon’ by the Most Venerable Seosan. He then asks himself, “What is it that is the One-thing called?” and answers his own question quoting a passage from an ancient sage: “There was a circle even before the arrival of Buddha, which not even Sakyamuni could describe. How then was it possible for Mahakasyapa to transmit it?” This is the theme and the essence of the work: finding our true nature and original face, which is without form and indescribable.
Great-circle , Silence , Dharma-body , Simultaneous cultivation of meditation and doctrine , Great exertion.
Comments: The truth of the above dharma talks are like drinking water to find whether the water is warm or cold. No bright mind could prevent the power of karmic actions nor the barren knowledge can prevent the endless wheel of suffering. Think deep and be careful so as not to fall into deceit.
1Eight winds are praise, ridicule, suffering, happiness, benefit, destruction, gain, and loss. One should not be swayed by any of these.
Comments: You should not debase yourself because you already have sown the seed of fruit when you set your mind for enlightenment. You should not doubt your complete achievement of Buddhahood. Yet you should not be too proud either because compared to that of Bodhisattva, you are but at the starting point of planting the seed―the lowest stage of enlightenment.
2Two Vehicles are the teachings of the Shravaka (It literally means “the sound-hearer”) and Pratyeka-buddha (the solitary-sage vehicle). They are both the followers of Theravada Buddhism.
Bodhisattva should never think that there are sentient beings to be saved.
3Vulture Peak: This is the summit of the mountain where Shakyamuni Buddha gave discourse to a great assembly.
Translator’s Comments: You should take heed because at the last era of the decline of illustrious doctrine, devils will roam around like burning fire to disturb the illustrious dharma.
Balgilje (K) 鉢吉帝
Hwadu (K) 話頭
Seon (K) 禪
Weishan (C) 潙山
Yangshan (C) 仰山