Hsin Shin Ming: “29. When you don’t see fineness and roughness, how could you prefer one to another?”
‘Not see fineness and roughness’ means to remove all labels such as ‘fineness’ and ‘roughness’ when you see things. Let’s suppose there are two things; a white round ceramic mug and a brown square wooden plate. Strip the two things of all the labels such as ‘white’, ‘brown’, ‘round’, ‘square’, ‘ceramic’, ‘wooden’, ‘mug’ and ‘plate’ that are attached to them. What is left now? They are not a mug and not a plate any longer. Then, is there any difference between them? Seeing things like this is making no discrimination, which is to see things as they are, or to see things as empty.
Therefore, this scripture means that when you see things as they are, there is no difference between them. There can’t be superiority and inferiority when there is no difference. When there is neither superiority nor inferiority, you can be free from the suffering that comes from the desire to achieve what you prefer.
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