We are trying to live the life outside ourselves, rather than the life we already have.
In not-knowing, there is room for everything: the born and the unborn.
Becoming aware of these two aspects of reality simultaneously…
Perceiving the power of separation caused by the judging mind is also very helpful. In other words, the judging mind creates more inner solitude.
These ideas brought an overwhelming sense of joy to me. It meant I was not a helpless victim of circumstance or fate, as I had thought.
Greed and hatred are the same in an Eastern or a Western mind. Suffering and the cessation of suffering are the same for all people.
Mumon’s Poem: Hundreds of flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, The cool breeze in summer and snow in winter; If there is no vain cloud in your mind, for you it is a good season.
However, for a time one may be satisfied with echoes, or even think that they are what is sought. Such experts in the holy texts may be satisfied themselves, and satisfy others, with quotations. They are like a helpful foreigner in a city, who when asked the way, pulls out a map and consults it before giving directions…