Enlightenment, Meditation, Practice, Truth, Zen

Q73. Is there a shortcut to the final goal? What is it if any?

A. Let me ask you a question. What is the quickest shortcut to the earth? The final goal is difficult to reach not because it is too far away from us, but because it is too near us. In a word, nearness is rather a barrier. The harder you look for a shortcut, the farther you will get away from the final goal. The root of the desire to take a shortcut is the very final goal you are eager to reach. You should look for it within, not without. When a thought that you need to take a shortcut occurs to you, trace back the thought to its root, which is the quickest shortcut.


Do you want to take a shortcut?
Don’t move even a single step.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway.

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