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Hsin Shin Ming: “21. Do not hold to dualistic views, and don’t follow anything to find the Way, the true-Self.”

Hsin Shin Ming: “21. Do not hold to dualistic views, and don’t follow anything to find the Way, the true-Self.”

Dualistic views means discriminating views or illusions, and ‘do not hold to dualistic views’ implies ‘do not cling to discriminating views or illusions. ‘Don’t follow anything’ means ‘don’t follow illusions’. This scripture means ‘Don’t discriminate and don’t follow illusions while mistaking them for the Way’.

When you stop discriminating, you can see everything as it is. To see everything as it is, is to see everything as empty. When everything is empty, there is no one to follow and nothing to be followed. If you happen to think that there is anything for you to cling to, however tiny, it is the evidence that you are still holding on to dualistic views and far from seeing the Way. So, in order to prevent us from clinging to illusions, ancient masters would say that all the Sutras were devil’s talk and that we should kill even Buddha and all Patriarchs.

Student: “How can I stop following things?”
Master: “There is nothing to follow.”
Student: “I still don’t understand.”
Master: “You are following my words now.”

©Boo Ahm
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