Yoshizen's Blog

Direct TRANSMISSION — a tiny Thought

A piece of cloth here has been with me in the past 37 years since I was given this from the Eihei-ji temple.

I have washed it may be 10 times or so —– and when ever I did, its color faded farther, so that I became

even more reluctant to wash.

I wrote about this in my old post [Life’s Domain] saying that it could be an intended teaching of

“Nothing stays the same,  nothing is Permanent”. —– ? ? ?    Was such big issue here ?

It’s just an old cotton cloth isn’t it, and it is nothing strange the color dye is fading.   ( Dye will be dissolved

and washed away by the water, and it degraded by the UV light as well)

—– Isn’t it thinking too much ?    Isn’t it a pointless delusion —– or the Truth ?


To explain and prove a fact in the life = “Nothing stays the same” may need to have lot more than a word, yet

just a piece of cloth shows its truth far clearer.   This is what a Direct Transmission is.

—– Then, how about  “Should I wash more often” or,  in order to preserve its original state, I shouldn’t

have used it in the dairy life, let alone washing.

But, what’s the original state mean ?   Is that the color on the cloth and the name of the temple printed on ?

—– isn’t this, just a sentimental reminiscence ?   Clinging the past ?

There may not be such a value in its original state.   It may only be in the mind.

So, without having such THINKING,  just wash it = “Having no useless thinking and just do it”

might be more like the Mushin of Zen Buddhism. = and when the cloth become completely

white, it would be the enlightenment —– WHAT a beautiful metaphor ! ! !

Though, no such things could happen.

In reality, if you keep washing cotton cloth 30, 50 years, the cotton fiber would be disintegrated.

And, when we wash, intending to make the color disappear, ironically, color never disappear.

It is just like our DNA,  it would never disappear.

—– Does it mean, no white cloth, neither see the Enlightenment ?


It was a good exercise of thinking = this is a practice of what

Lord Buddha said “ Think it by yourself”.  🙂

Just a small piece of cloth teach us all about the Buddhism.   This is very “Direct Transmission”.

—– strangely, some people having an illusion “There would be a mythical communication of the

Cosmic Wisdom (Panya Paramita) which suddenly come into the mind and enlighten the person” is what

the Direct Transmission meant. —– Ha ha ha, Don’t make me laugh.  😀

It is a worst delusion than a pretty picture of a spin-doctor’s medicine bottle.

If such magic could ever existed in this world, one of the highest enlightened man like

Dalai Lama could have received such wisdom, and the trouble of the Tibet could be solved long ago.

Though, there is no magic solution or escape,  hence this is the Samsara,

as Lord Buddha said.  —– We only able to become aware of the Truth by the observation with the clear eyes.

And the Truth is not our wishful thinking but the reality = face of the Dharma.

Direct Transmission is a trigger to make us to actually see it = it is not a mythical magic.

In the famous [Flower Summon], the flower was the trigger to realize “What the Dharma is”=

Dharma is not in the special place, but even in a mere small flower = that’s why even small

flower can broom beautifully.

So, why not us. = This is what the Enlightenment is.


4 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. gulrotkake i langpanne said, on December 30, 2011 at 13:33

    gulrotkake i langpanne Hrm, Not the best post unfortunately. Sorry to be so blunt! You should try some Norwegian carrot cake ( gulrotkake i langpanne ) to cheer you up instead.

    • yoshizen said, on December 30, 2011 at 16:26

      How fascinating ! —– ? ? ?
      May be the most puzzling comment I ever received.
      (1) First ever a negative response !
      (2) What a carrot cake connected to Zen blog ?
      (3) On top of those, you got Japanese Mail-address.
      ——– m m m ?
      So that, I should return with yet another joke. = to publish this.
      (after all, this is what you wanted 😀 )
      I Hope you to have a coming Happy New Year. 🙂

  2. Paul said, on December 31, 2011 at 12:04

    As usual Yoshizen you provoke my thinking.
    the cloth is a great meta-phor but is there another side to this – imagine you have washed the cloth to point of nearly completely faded, and your eyes have not seen the steady disappearance of colour, but remember the initial vibrance. This would ring true with the sentimentality you speak, but the process of the fading continues until the day when eyes are cleared to see without sentiment. this could be any day. Nonetheless, the process has happened, and with or without clear eyes can one see why it would be washed if the colour treasured? surely the cloth itself was more than its colour…


    • yoshizen said, on December 31, 2011 at 17:03

      Like a [Hyperbolic line], it is nearing to Zero infinitely = this is yet another [Zeno’s Paradox] =
      The arrow never able to hit Achilles.
      —– still, we imagine the theoretical possibilities = one day it could be white. Yes.
      We know the Egyptian mummies were lapped with white cloth —– ? Who knows ?
      It could have been beautiful purple color though, it might have been faded.
      —– Unfortunately, I couldn’t have 5000 years to wait the cloth to come white.

      So, a master said ” To see, there is no Enlightenment, is the Enlightenment”
      in other words, to see it in Clear Eyes, sentiment or imagine the never realized possibilities,
      dreams are all part of the humanities = Dharma. ( = Dog-shit )

      I think, this is the word, best to see New Year with —— Don’t you think so ? 😀
      So, have a Happy New Year, for you Paul 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: