‘Q: What method must we practice in order to attain deliverance?
A: It can only be attained through a sudden illumination.
Q: What is a sudden illumination?
A: Sudden means ridding yourselves of deluded thoughts instantaneously. Illumination means the realization that illumination is not something to be attained.’ (The Zen Teaching of Hui Hai on Sudden Illumination)
This book, another I picked up from the Tassajara library, does (as we say in England) exactly what it says on the tin. Having found this illuminating exchange on the first page, I didn’t feel much need to read to the rest, to be honest.