The Five Ranks of the Apparent and the Real
The Five Ranks Of The Apparent And The Real:
The Orally Transmitted Secret Teachings Of The Monk Who Lived On Mount To
Tozan Ryokai's Verses On The Five Ranks:
1)The Apparent Within The Real:
In the third watch of the night
Before the moon appears,
No wonder when we meet
There is no recognition!
Still cherished in my heart
Is the beauty of earlier days.
2)The Real Within The Apparent:
A sleepy eyed grandam
Encounters herself in an old mirror.
Clearly she sees a face
But it doesn't resemble hers at all.
Too bad, with a muddled head,
She tries to recognize her reflection!
3)The Coming From Within The Real:
Within nothingness there is a path
Leading away from the dusts of the world.
Even if you observe the taboo
On the present emporer's name,
You will surpass that eloquent one of yore
Who silenced every tongue.
4)The Arrival At Mutual Integration:
When two blades cross points,
There is no need to withdraw.
The master swordsman
Is like a lotus blooming in the fire.
Such a man has in and of himself
A heaven soaring spirit.
Who dares to equal him
Who falls into neither being nor non-being!
All men want to leave
The current of ordinary life,
But he, after all, comes back
To sit among the coals and ashes.
The Master's verse comment says:
How many times has Tokuun, the idle old gimlet,
Not come down from the Marvelous Peak!
He hires foolish wise men to bring snow,
And he and they together fill up the well.
"When the eight consciousnesses are inverted, the Four Wisdoms are bound together, the Three Bodies are perfected?" Therefore:
Your own nature is provided
With the Three Bodies;
When its brightness is manifested,
The Four wisdoms are attained