[16] When I consider the virtue of abusive words (from The Shodoka)

by Hsuan Chueh of Yung Chia / Yoka Genkaku

English version by Robert Aitken
Original Language Chinese

When I consider the virtue of abusive words,
I find the scandal-monger is my good teacher.
If we do not become angry at gossip,
We have no need for powerful endurance and compassion.
To be mature in Zen is to be mature in expression,
And full-moon brilliance of dhyana and prajna
Does not stagnate in emptiness.
Not only can I take hold of complete enlightenment by myself,
But all Buddha-bodies, like sands of the Ganges,
Can become awakened in exactly the some way.

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

Enemies, little tyrants, and "scandal-mongers" are sometimes our best teachers. They continuously test the strength of our practice. Without their challenges and goading, how do we know if we have cultivated true patience and compassion?

All praise to those who irritate us in life! (Grumble.)

And what a great, startling affirmation of individual awakening: "I take hold of complete enlightenment by myself..." In truth, that is the only way it happens.



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16] When I consider