Question posed to Zen Master Hui Hai:
4. Q: According to the Vajra-body chapter of the Maha-parinirvana Sutra:
- ‘The (indestructible) diamond-body” is imperceptible, yet it clearly perceives;
- It is free from discerning and yet there is nothing which it does not comprehend.’
What does this mean?
- It is imperceptible because its own nature is a formless’ substance’ which is intangible; hence it is called’ imperceptible’; And, since it is intangible, this ‘substance’ is observed to be profoundly still and neither vanishing nor appearing.
- Though not apart from our world, it cannot be influenced by the worldly stream. It is self-possessed and sovereign, which is the reason why it clearly perceives.
- It is free from discerning in that its own nature is formless and basically undifferentiated. Its comprehending every-thing means that the undifferentiated ‘substance’ is endowed with functions as countless as the sands of the Ganges; and, if all phenomena were to be discerned simultaneously, it would comprehend all of them without exception.
In the Prajna Gatha it is written:
- Prajna, unknowing, knows all,
- Prajna, unseeing, sees all.
The Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening by Master Hui Hai, John Blofeld translation