Zen

Rinzai 47

And why is this so? Because, Followers of the Way, you fail to realise the emptiness of the whole universe of three aeons; this is the obstacle that blocks you. The true Man of the Way doesn’t do so. He lets old karma melt away by letting things follow their own course. He dresses himself as is fitting; when he wants to go, he goes; when he wants to stay, he stays.

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Commentary:

‘Why is this so?’ means ‘Why are you satisfied with merely completing the ten stages of the Bodhisattva and content with equality-awakening and subtlety-awakening?’ ‘This is the obstacle that blocks you’ means that failing to realise that everything is empty prevents you from seeing the true-Self. ‘He lets old karma melt away’ means that he lives his life without being deluded by illusions. ‘By letting things follow their own course’ implies ‘seeing things as they are’. ‘He dresses himself as is fitting; when he wants to go, he goes; when he wants to stay, he stays’ symbolises the life free from all suffering, which is called Nirvana, the Pure Land.

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