Friday, February 12, 2010


Haven't you heard of someone seasoned in the Way of Ease,

Who neither rejects thought nor seeks Truth?

This Clear Light is beyond all opposites;

Like space it knows no boundaries,

Never coming or going, it's already complete.

It is only when you hunt for it that you lose it.

You cannot take hold of it, but equally you cannot escape it.

And while you can do neither, it goes on its own Way.---Yung-chia


  1. Hear Hear! I was just reading Chuang-Tzu last night. Never heard of Yung-chia, but I think they would have had a hearty laugh together.

  2. Isn't the phrase "someone seaoned in the Way of Ease" delicious? My post is some excerpts from a much longer poem.
    Page 70 of The Golden Age of Zen recounts Yung -chia's (legendary?)interview with Hui Neng.
    Wei Wu Wei credits the Ch'an masters with keeping alive the essence of Taoism, and refers to them as Tao-Buddhists.

  3. I think I will get that book out from the library again ("golden age")

    "You cannot take hold of it" sounds alot like the "grasping" pointers on the other blog. Plus there is that famous Ch'an one about "grasping" we've discussed it but I forget it exactly.

  4. I'm sure you remember Liquorman's kleenex trick. It's like how could Fred's grasping another part of the kleenex be a real attainment? It certainly couldn't be a grasping of the whole kleenex.

  5. It would still be "Fred" identified as a separate entity, an independent grasper, "grasping" separate whatevers.