Hsin Shin Ming: “47. If the mind makes no discriminations, all things are as they are, of One-essence.”
‘The mind make no discriminations’ means that we make no discriminations, and ‘all things are as they are, of One-essence’ means to see all things as they are as Oneness, Emptiness.
When you make no discriminations, all things are essentially not different from one another in and they are one as Emptiness. All things look separate and different from each other only because of our discriminations, not because of the difference of their nature. Our suffering is from the ignorance of this fact.
Student: “What are all things like when the mind makes no discriminations?”
Master: “They are like as usual.”
Student: “Why do masters say that all things look different from how they did before when the mind makes no discriminations?”
Master: “It is not because things change but because your perspective changes that they look different.”
Student: “What happens when the mind makes no discriminations?”
Master: “Nothing happens.”
Student: “Your answering is a kind of happening as well.”
Master: “I am not answering but you are listening to my answer. That is your following illusions.”
Student: “How can I hear your answer if listening to your answer is following illusions?”
Master: “Why don’t you hear my answer?”
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