Zen

Rinzai 84

Followers of the Way, you should be a manly man if you are to realise the true-Self. You should not be weak-minded and undetermined because even the best food cannot be kept in a cracked vessel. To become a great vessel, you should not be possessed by others but ought to be your own master wherever you may be. Then, the place where you stand will be the truth itself.

Commentary:

‘You should be  a manly man if you are to realise the true-Self’ means that in order to attain enlightenment, you should have a strong belief that you can become enlightened and firm determination to overcome any challenges to achieve your goal without fail. Such a person is compared to a great vessel for enlightenment. ‘You should not be possessed by others but ought to be your own master’ implies that you should not be deluded by words and forms but see them as illusions created by yourself.

Enlightenment is to not being deluded by illusions as the best food is to a great vessel. In the same way that the best food cannot stay intact in a cracked vessel because germs spoil the food by spreading into it through the cracks, enlightenment cannot be attained when we are deluded by illusions.

When you are not possessed by others then you are truth itself, which means that you are in the Pure Land.

©Boo Ahm

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