‘Gentlemen of affairs these days, though, are quick to want to understand Ch’an. They think a lot about the scriptures and the sayings of the ancestral teachers, wanting to be able to explain clearly. They are far from knowing that this clarity is nonetheless an unclear matter. If you can penetrate the word “Mu”, you won’t have to ask anyone else about clear and unclear. I teach gentlemen of affairs to let go and make themselves dull – this is the same principle. And it’s not bad to get the first prize in looking dull, either – I’m just afraid you’ll hand in an empty paper. What a laugh!’ (Swampland Flowers)

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