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Dharma Talk to Begin the Summer Retreat 2009
By Jogye Order Supreme Patriarch, Most Ven. Bupjeon
“What are you doing?”
The great Seon master Joju went up to Ven. Suyu’s room and took a Seon stick from the room. At this Ven. Suyu asked, “What are you doing?”
The master replied, “I’m trying to find the water depth.”
Ven. Suyu said, “There’s not even a drop of water here, so what are you trying to find?”
At this, the master laid the stick against the wall and left.
Ven. Suyu, along with Ven. Joju received Dharma transmission from master Namjeon. Ven. Suyu possessed ten thousand designs and the majesty of a thousand miles. He strung the arrow on the bow, and he hoped to meet Ven. Joju. Ven. Joju could also come and go into the state of birth and death. He took up arms and raised the victory banner. Armed with bow and arrow, he conquered all the world. He could shoot down a willow leaf from a hundred paces and a wild goose a thousand meters above without fail. Ven Suyu and Ven. Joju already knew of each other’s great realization. This is why Ven. Joju visited Ven. Suyu. The conversation they had is “Jojutamsu,” which is a Koan.
Ven. Suyu asked to the curious actions of Ven. Joju, who was trying to measure water depth, “So, what are you trying to find?” At this, Ven. Joju leaned the stick against the wall and left.
Please use your time in retreat to find the true meaning of this Dharma talk.
The world is upside down. The servant fools the master.
Fortune is on decline. The ghost sports with man.
Buddhist Era 2553
May 9, 2009
Opening Day of the Summer Retreat