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Don't try to
understand what I'm saying. These are just
pointers. I don't understand what I'm saying either. Pointers
point to the state of direct realization but they're not a
substitute for it.
thing is that when you stop waiting for the mind to
stop doing what it does, you start to realize it doesnt matter
how long the mind does what it does. Theres still this direct
taste, this sense of being. So waiting is unnecessary. Its just
To say something
Get in the circle of silent ones
And be silent.
by Enea Bozeglav
I felt in need of
a great pilgrimage
so I sat still for three
and God came
posted by Kia Pierce
by Alan Larus
The desire to find the self will be surely fulfilled, provided you
want nothing else. But you must be honest with yourself and
really want nothing else. If in the meantime you want many
other things and are engaged in their pursuit, your main
purpose may be delayed until you grow wiser and cease being
torn between contradictory urges. Go within, without swerving,
without ever looking outward.
by Along The Way
Linji's time, some Buddhist terms were used so often
they became meaningless. People chewed on terms like
liberation and enlightenment until they lost their power. Its
no different today.
What is a True Person?
As I see
it, there isnt so much to do. Just be ordinaryput
your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing. -
Master Linji, Teaching 18
be found in sutras, commentaries, verbal
expression, or isms. Liberation and awakened
understanding cant be found by devoting ourselves to the
study of the Buddhist scriptures. This is like trying to find fresh
water in dry bones. Returning to the present moment, using our
clear mind which exists right here and now, we can be in touch
with liberation and enlightenment, as well as with the Buddha
and the patriarchs as living realities right in this moment. The
person who has nothing to do is sovereign unto herself. She
doesnt need to put on airs or leave any trace behind.
The true person
is an active participant, engaged in her
environment while remaining unoppressed by it. Although all
phenomena are going through the various appearances of
birth, abiding, changing, and dying, the true person doesnt
become a victim of sadness, happiness, love, or hate. She
lives in awareness as an ordinary person, whether standing,
walking, lying down, or sitting. She doesnt act a part, even the
part of a great Zen master. This is what Master Linji means by
being sovereign wherever you are and using that place as
your seat of awakening.
We may wonder,
If a person has no direction, isnt yearning to
realize an ideal, doesnt have an aim in life, then who will help
living beings be liberated, who will rescue those who are
drowning in the ocean of suffering? A Buddha is a person
who has no more business to do and isnt looking for anything.
In doing nothing, in simply stopping, we can live freely and true
to ourselves and our liberation will contribute to the liberation
of all beings.
- Thich Nhat
Hanh, "Simply Stop," Fall 2007 Tricycle From
Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go (2007) by Thich Nhat Hanh
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