Q. How can I be perfectly motivated to practise Zen?
A. For the sake of the people who neglected their practice, Buddha gave an appropriate metaphor ‘the Burning House’. He compared us to children who are playing in a burning house that is bound to collapse on them sooner or later. We are at risk of losing our lives if we fail to escape from the house in time. However, most people are so preoccupied by playing in the burning house that they not only don’t know that outside the house there are much more interesting things than those they are toying with in the burning house now, but they also don’t perceive the danger approaching them at every moment.
The purpose of Zen practice is to enable people to escape from the burning house and enjoy eternal happiness. Which is your choice, to keep playing in the burning house, or to get out of it?
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