Great Enlightenment

(extracted from "The Whole World is a Single Flower")

Heaven earth, earth heaven, heaven earth revolve.
Water mountain, mountain water, water mountain emptiness.
Heaven heaven, earth earth, when did they ever revolve?
Mountain mountain, water water , each is separate from the other.

There are three kinds of enlightenment . First Enlightenment means "Primary Point." Original Enlightenment is “Like-This,” which means truth. Final Enlightenment is "Just-Like-This," which means correct function is correct life.

  1. What is "Primary Point"?
  2. What does "Like-This" mean?
  3. What does "Just-Like-This" mean?
  4. Of the four lines in the poem above, which one is Great Enlightenment?


In the spring, the fog is so dense you cannot see through it. In the summer, there is much rain. In the fall, many clouds come and go quickly. In the winter, snow falls everywhere. Fog, rain, clouds, and snow – are they the same or different? Where do they come from? If you say they are the same, you have already lost your tongue. If you say they are different, you lose your body. What can you do? 1 + 2 = 3, 3 x 3 = 9, but 9 x 0 = 0. If you attain that number then your true face is in front of you. How wonderful!