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In this regard, Dongshan's Five Ranks lays out the path that every student of the Way must traverse on the journey to becoming a teacher. Four Types of Different Kinds The scheme of four types of different kinds describes particular fields of experience and action. Such a man has in and of himself A heaven-soaring spirit. Even if you observe the taboo On the present emperor's name, You will surpass that eloquent one of yore Who silenced every tongue. In the first, called the relative within the absolute one practices detachment and interruption of mental habits, thereby gaining a measure of freedom and rest from compulsion and confusion.

Four Types of Different

In the Book of Serenity this rank is represented as a mirror spinning, the dark back side of detachment and transcendence seeming to merge with the functioning bright side. Second, the bodhisattva assimilating to different kinds refers to re-entering the world after having understood oneself, coming back to the mundane after having realized nirvana so as to help others.

The master swordsman Is like the lotus blooming in the fire. We imagine ourselves and the universe to be distinct, but within us glimmers the suspicion that we are in fact intimately connected and inseparable from all that there is.

The Three Leaks The three leaks are impurities or defects in the knowledge of the Chan practitioner. The fifth rank, simultaneous arrival in both relative and absolute, refers to the consummation of harmony and integration of transcendence and being in the world.

In this regard Dongshan's