Zen

Rinzai 85

Do not take in everything. If your heart gives rise to the Three Worlds, you follow the causal conditions and – relating to circumstances – understand the six dusts. Even if someone comes to you, you should not accept anyone. As soon as your heart gives rise to doubt, Mara enters your heart. Mara of birth and death enters even a Bodhisattva’s heart if his heart gives rise to doubt. Put your heart at rest and seek nothing outside. Whatever may approach you, you should contemplate it. If you believe in what is functioning at this moment, there is nothing else.

Commentary:

‘Even if someone comes to you, you should not accept anyone’ means that whatever you see and hear, whoever you see and hear, you should not be deluded by their illusions but see and hear what is beyond their forms and sounds. ‘As soon as your heart gives rise to doubt, Mara enters your heart’ implies that as soon as you follow their forms and sounds, you are deluded by illusions. Even a Bodhisattva cannot avoid being deluded by illusions if he clings to forms and sounds. ‘Just put your heart at rest and seek nothing outside’ means, as mentioned before, that we should stop pursuing enlightenment in vain by discriminating or following words. ‘Whatever may approach you, you should contemplate it’ means that whatever reaches your eyes and ears, you should see it as it is, that is, see it without attaching names. ‘If you believe in what is functioning at this moment’ means that you should realise that what is functioning with you at this moment is no other than the true-Self you are looking for. Then, you come to realise that there is nothing else but the true-Self.

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