Rinzai 90

There is no Dharma outside the heart, nor anything to find inside. So, what are you looking for?


This scripture means that we should not look for the Dharma, the true-Self in vain by following words such as ‘outside the heart’ and ‘inside the heart’ since this is to be deluded by illusions. The Dharma is the source of everything and there is nothing that doesn’t belong to it. Even we who are looking for it are part of it, and everything we can see and hear belongs to it as well. In fact, we cannot recognise it, whilst seeing and hearing nothing except it, because we are deluded by illusions. That is why an ancient master answered, “Why do you say you are thirsty while drowning?” when he was asked what the Dharma is by one of his students.

Student: “What is the Dharma?”

Master: “Why do you ask me the taste of the food you are chewing?”

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