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Rinzai 24

Rinzai 24

I say it clearly as it is – to understand or not to understand, both are mistaken. People can sneer at me as they like. I have kept you standing for a long time. Take care of yourselves.”

Commentary:
This scripture means, “I always reveal the true-Self clearly, but you are wrong, regardless of whether you understand it or not, if you try to understand it through your knowledge by following words. When you realise the true-Self, there is nothing to understand, or not to understand because everything becomes one, or non-duality as Emptiness. If there is something to understand or not to understand, it is not non-duality as Emptiness since there are subject, you and object, something you do or do not understand.
People can sneer at me as they like when they don’t grasp what I mean since my words and actions might appear to make no sense at all to them when they are deluded by my words, or actions.”

Student: “If both understanding and not understanding are wrong, how should we accept masters’ words and actions?”
Master: “Don’t take them as words and actions.”
Student: “How then?”
Master: “Both understanding and not understanding are right.”

©Boo Ahm

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