Noble No Clue,
But really, if it was only about metaphors and symbols, where would "direct pointing at the Mind" be?
Yes, it is not only about metaphors and symbols, sorry if i implied it was!everything is Mind, where is the need for pointing? What is within you is mind, what is outside you is mind. all is mind.
what is the feeling of the wall you are looking at. is this sensation any different from gazing on a computer screen. what do you feel within you. all is your own nature. your own nature is mind, mind is your own nature.
but you know, if there were not metaphors and symbols (eg example words and phenomena) where would the pointing be?
Koans are not all pointing at the Mind (though in a fundamental sense they are), there are many angles to them. not all mepaphor not all symbol. it may be attractive to attach to one particular interpretation of all koans, and if we do this it is not emptiness, nor is it nothingness.
a supreme pointer to emptiness and beyond is to crack the Hua Tou "No". (Mu, Wu)
is it Mind? No. is it emptiness? No. is it Love? No. Why No? i say yes (but thats against the rules... saying yes!), and all these little games that come from the No Hua Tou. great fun, down right frustrating, great for loosening up the Mind. When it is cracked there is a direct experience of emptiness/no thingness that tangibly bursts and pours into the cranium. helps one to see the emptiness that one initially is. as you see more clearly the emptiness blows away and you are left with Mind. can you ever crack No fully? No. but you can counter it? No... Yes! i see. Very hard to describe the process of cracking the No hua tou. you have to do it for yourself. when it is initially cracked, you will see the fundamental nature of the word No. this in itself acts as a great pointer to emptiness/nothingness that is ones True nature in its embryonic state. as ones understanding of ones own nature develops it looses any kind of feeling of emptiness and 'is'.
im sorry Dae Bi that i am unable to demonstrate an understanding of koans, we must all approach them ourselves and form our own opinions and get our own answers, but i say, whatever happens dont take the approach... one hair penetrates all holes. that is to miss the 68 other flavours of ice cream. its fine to say that Mind is a hair, but if we see mind only in its fundamental state we miss it in all its myriad appearances. when you know that face from before birth, you have already tried 68 varieties... but... it that face still empty? (69?)
with love from White Lotus.koans, hard work,
but very rewarding.
need to be chewed
give yourself a chance.