Zen

Rinzai 115

If there is change, there is also existence. Without change, there is nothing. “The Three Worlds are the mind only; The ten thousand things are but its differentiation.” This is why it is said: “Dreams and phantoms, flowers in the empty sky; why trouble yourself to seize them?”

Commentary:

‘If there is change, there is also existence. Without change, there is nothing’ means that if we discriminate, things come into being, but there is nothing if we don’t discriminate. ‘Three Worlds are the mind only; The ten thousand things are but its differentiation’ implies that the whole universe is just the product of our discrimination that is the function of our mind. So, it can be said that the ten thousand things are to the mind as countless waves are to the sea. All things are just illusions like dreams, phantoms and flowers in the empty sky created through our discrimination. This is why we don’t have to exhaust ourselves by trying to seize them.

©Boo Ahm

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