‘You’ve indicated you want me to instruct you by letter in the direct essentials. This very thought of seeking instruction in the direct essentials has already stuck your head into a bowl of glue.’ (Swampland Flowers)
For maximum value, I feel I should stop the quote right there (plus right now I am too lazy to type out the rest of the letter that Tahui wrote to his disciple). The gist of his response is to meet things with the curiosity of a three-year-old, and then keep contemplating it without thinking about such useless fripperies as ‘direct essentials’. Got it?