End of a Pole
(Bukkojoji 佛向上事)
Citation from Dogen's GOING BEYOND BUDDHA,
from Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (96 fascicles, #29), ed. by Kazuaki Tanahashi
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Zhumen, Zen Master Guangzuo, was once asked by a monk, "What is going beyond Buddha?"
He said, To hold up the sun and moon at the top of the staff."

This means that you are completely covered by the sun and moon on top of a staff. This is buddha going beyond. When you penetrate the staff that holds up the sun and moon, the entire universe is dark. This is buddha going beyond. It is not that the sun and moon are the staff. On top of the staff means the entire staff.
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