Rinzai said, “I expound the dharma of mind-ground, by which one can enter the secular and the sacred. But you are mistaken if you suppose that your real and temporal, secular and sacred can attach a name to everything real and temporal, secular and sacred. They cannot attach a name to this man. Followers of the Tao, grasp and use, but never name – this is called the ‘mysterious principle.’”
When he decided that his days were almost over, Rinzai put on his finest robes and seated himself in zazen. He said to his disciples, gathered around him, “After I am gone, do not destroy my treasury of the true eye of the law.” His chief disciple, Sansho, said, “Who would have the cheek to do that?” Rinzai responded, “Afterwards, if someone asks you a question about the true eye of the law, how will you reply?” Sansho exclaimed: “Kwatz!” Rinzai commented, “Who would have thought that a blind donkey would destroy it?”
Maneesha, this is the last talk on the beautiful series, Rinzai: Master Of The Irrational. To be with Rinzai…it has been a beautiful time. To make him our contemporary, just for a few moments, was pure nectar. This will be the last talk on Rinzai.
Before discussing Rinzai’s sutra and the anecdote, Avirbhava, the director-general of the Museum of Gods, has brought a great new member. First I will tell you about the new member of her museum. His name is Dragon.
“According to the Old Testament, the dragon is said to have descended from the Babylonian female dragon called Tiamet. In Christianity the dragon represents the devil; hence, paintings of numerous saints’ lives depict combat between them and a dragon, representing God and the devil.
“Where the West sees the dragon as evil, the East considers him to be benevolent. In China it was said that when he died, the emperor ascended to heaven like a dragon. It was believed that when a dragon ascends to heaven, the pressure of its feet on the clouds causes rain. Also in Chinese mythology the dragon is a messenger of heaven who revealed yin and yang, the two forces of the universe, to the Yellow Emperor.
“In the I-Ching the dragon symbolizes wisdom.
“In Japan, the three-clawed dragon represents the emperor, having both imperial and spiritual power.”
This Museum of Gods is immensely significant. It declares the end of all gods. They belong only to the museums. That is the very purpose of the Museum of Gods. Their relevance to life is finished; they can only be remembered as mythologies, as fictions, as exploitations by the priesthood, as pathological inventions of insane people.
The future man will not have a god; the future man will be a god. For long enough we have been under fictitious entities. It is time to declare ourselves free from all fictions.