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Hsin Shin Ming: “71. The Way is beyond words, words never could, cannot now, and never will describe the Way.”

Hsin Shin Ming: “71. The Way is beyond words, words never could, cannot now, and never will describe the Way.”

A lot of words have been used to explain the Way, but the essence of the Way is not in the words. We should realise what is beyond the words that the words are pointing to. The words are like a finger pointing to the moon, or like a map showing how to reach our destination. We should not mistake the tip of the finger for the moon, nor should we think that our destination is on the map. Following the words, no matter how great and meaningful they sound, is being deluded by illusions. So, ancient masters would say, “If we follow the words, even the Sutras, Buddha’s teaching is no more than Mara’s talk.”

Student: “What happens if a person realises a Sutra beyond the words?”
Master: “He will get the real Sutra.”
Student: “What is the real Sutra?”
Master: “The whole universe is.”

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