Zen

Rinzai 43

When there is no cessation even for moment in all your time, everything looks as it is.

But when discriminating mind arises, wisdom is disrupted, your thoughts are changed, and the body ceases to look as it is. This is the cause of transmigration in the Three Worlds with its various sufferings.

 

Commentary:

‘When there is no cessation even for moment in all your time, everything looks as it is’ means that when there is no discrimination at all, everything looks empty. Then, everything is perfect, and you are eternity itself, perfection itself and happiness itself. This is enlightenment which all practitioners should pursue.

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‘Wisdom is disrupted’ means that you have no wisdom of seeing everything as empty. ‘Your thoughts are changed’ means that you are deluded by illusions. ‘The body ceases to look as it is’ implies that the true-Self doesn’t look as it is, or you can’t see the true-Self any more. ‘This is the cause of transmigration in the Three Worlds with its various sufferings’ symbolises the way we sentient beings are living our lives, being deluded by illusions. To sum up, when discriminating mind arises, you are deluded by illusions. Then, you can’t see the true-Self, that is, you don’t realise that you are perfection itself, happiness itself and eternity itself. This is the cause of our various sufferings.

 

Student: “How is it when there is no cessation even for a moment?”

Master: “I can’t avoid answering your question.”

Student: “How is it when discriminating mind arises?”

Master: “I can’t answer your question.”

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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