Chan Master Sheng Yen

‘Without the accumulation of experience, knowledge, and views, there would be no illusory mind. If you never learned the name you were given at birth, you would not know your name today. If you cut yourself off from the past, you won’t have any illusory thoughts. In fact you won’t have any thoughts at all, since there are no illusory thoughts in the present moment.’ (Song of Mind)

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