Chapter 9: Compassion, Never Condemnation
Right, but not perfect. There is nothing wrong in it, but even to say there would be no delusion with regard to life-and-death, is unnecessary. Awakening to your buddhahood, all that is false disappears - just like when you bring a lamp into a dark room the darkness disappears. You don’t say that the darkness has gone away, because nothing goes. The darkness was never there in fact; it was only an absence - absence of light. The moment you bring light in, of course, the absence of light cannot remain. Nothing has gone out, only light has come in. As the buddha is awakened within you, it is not that delusion or darkness or hallucination disappears. Your buddha is awake, and all around, from infinity to infinity, there is only consciousness and nothing else.
They argued back and forth, and there was no end to it. Finally, they decided to ask Daibai.
Who was a great master.
Kassan said to him, “Of these two opinions, which is the more familiar?”
Closer, more intimate, more approximate to the wordless experience.?
Daibai said, “One is familiar, one is distant.”
“Which is the familiar one?” said Kassan.
“Go away and ask me again tomorrow,” responded Daibai.
The next day Kassan came again and asked. Daibai said, “A familiar one does not ask. One who asks is not familiar.”
What a great statement. “You ask only because you don’t know. You ask only because it is not your experience. The one who asks is not familiar with the truth. It is not his experience, he is just repeating sutras, scriptures. Where is the other one, with whom you have been discussing? He has not come to ask, because he knows.
“Knowing brings a silence where no question arises, because question is another name for doubt. One who knows simply knows it is so. The other one has not come back to ask - he must be familiar. He knows, so what is the point of harassing the master? And because you have come, it shows that you don’t know; you are very distant.”
Kassan afterwards said, “At that time, when I was with Daibai, I lost my buddha-eye.”