Another Webinar and we are still looking at firewood and ashes plus this time a fork in the toilet and the cart with an ox!
When the Ch’an master Ta-chi of Chiang-hsi was studying with the Ch’an master Ta-hui of Nan-hyue, after immediately receiving the mind seal, he always set in meditation. Once Nan-hyue went to Ta-chi and said, “Worthy one, what are figuring to do, sitting there in meditation?”. Chiang-hsi, “I am figuring to make a Buddha”.
At this point Nan-hyue took up a tile and began to rub it on a stone. At length, Ta-chi asked, “Master, what are you doing?”. Nan-hyue replied, “When a man is driving a cart, if the cart doesn’t go, should he beat the cart or beat the ox?”
Dosho asked us to consider how … where … when my life is a fork in the toilet. Actually, I got somewhat excited and playful around the image of the ill-placed fork. (What does it say about me right now? 🙂 ) Meret Oppenheim’s “Furry cup” came to mind. Maybe what now seems like a bad place for a fork might inspire us to some creative solutions in life? I guess this is not the angle Dosho was aiming at so I gotta check for the forks in my life.