A patriarch said: “If you see quietude by staying in the heart, if you behold the outside by arousing the heart, if you make the inside clear by composing the heart, and if you enter Samadhi by concentrating the heart on one, all these are just to manipulate the heart.”
The state free of illusions is referred to as Samadhi which is another name of Emptiness. Having ideas such as ‘quietude’ ‘heart’ ‘outside’ ‘inside’ and ‘enter Samadhi’ is making illusions that block your view of Samadhi. That is why Master Rinzai said all these are just to manipulate the heart, which means that all these are just to make illusions.
Samadhi is not what can be entered because we are already Samadhi itself. Trying to enter Samadhi is as vain as trying to enter the earth. Realising that you are Samadhi itself, by removing all illusions, is enlightenment. Therefore, ancient masters said that whatever can be entered is not Samadhi and whoever can be met is not the Buddha.
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