Zen

Rinzai 132

Followers of the Way, what should a real man doubt? Who is he who freely functions right before the eyes? Seize and use him—but do not attach a name to him. This is referred to as deep meaning. If you can see everything like this, there is nothing to avoid. An old master said: “The mind changes with ten thousand phenomena; its changes are truly profound. Once the mind is realised, following birth and death, there is neither joy nor sorrow.”

Commentary:

‘Who is he who freely functions right before the eyes?’ means that everything you see and hear is the function of the true-Self. ‘Seize and use him—but do not attach a name to him’ implies that the true-Self cannot be separated from your hands even for a moment since you are oneness with the true-Self when you are not deluded by names that are merely illusions. ‘This is referred to as deep meaning’ means that not being deluded by words is referred to as enlightenment. When you can see everything in this way, there is nothing to avoid and no one who will avoid because there is just Oneness, the true-Self.

The true-Self functions ceaselessly;

its functions are profound and subtle.

Once you have realised the true-Self amidst illusions,

you will be perfection itself.

©Boo Ahm

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