Rinzai 42

What then can understand the Dharma and can listen to it? It is that which is brilliantly clear and shinning alone before your very eyes, albeit formless which can speak and listen to the Dharma. If you can really grasp this, you are not different from the Buddhas and patriarchs.




What is controlling your body to read this at this moment? Dead bodies cannot do what you are doing now even though they have eyes and hands. Attaining enlightenment is to realise what controls your body to do what you do when you do something; talk, listen to the Dharma, walk, drink, think, dance, sing and so forth. ‘If you can grasp this, you are not different from the Buddhas and patriarchs’ means that if you realise what controls your body, you get enlightened since seeing what controls your body is realising the true-Self. It is because all your actions are just the functions of the true-Self.


Student: “What is the true-Self?”

Master: “What is making you ask this question?”


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