A monk once asked Zen Master Tōsu, “Does the roar of the dragon exist even within a withered tree?”
Tōsu replied, “I say the lion’s roar exists inside of skulls."
Withered trees and dead skulls here represent the state following the extinction of the self, the termination of the ego in nirvana. But say, is there life after the great death of nirvana?
The dragon's roar and the lion's roar are symbols of the great life following the great death, of rediscovery and reawakening of the whole potential after liberation from bondage to conditioning. It is seeing the truth in things.
Is there life after the great death of awakening? What does the dragon say?