Q. Is there ease and difficulty in the Way?

A. There is a beautiful conversation about the Way that enlightened layman Pang had with his wife and his daughter. He said, “The Way is as difficult as spreading 1800 litres of sesame seeds out on a tree.” His wife responded, “The Way is as easy as climbing out of bed and stepping on the floor.” Then, his daughter said, “The Way is neither difficult nor easy. All kinds of grasses are the meaning of the Way.” In essence the Way, like all other things, is neutral; neither easy nor difficult. It is not the Way itself but our perspective that determines whether it is difficult or easy. This means that difficulty and ease are not real but imaginary, illusionary conceptions created by our discrimination.

Student: “Then, is his daughter right and are he and his wife wrong?”

Master: “Right and wrong are also illusions.”

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

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