Yuanwu

‘It is simply a matter of being alive to meet the situation: sometimes you take away the person but not the world; some­times you take away the world but not the person; and some­times both are taken away; and sometimes neither is taken away – transcending convention and sect, completely clear and free, how could you just want to trap people, to pull the wool over their eyes, to turn them around, to derail them? It is necessary to get to the reality and show them the fundamental thing in each of them, which is independent and uncontrived, which has nothing to it at all, and which is great liberation. This is why the ancients, while in the midst of activity in the world, would first illuminate it, and as soon as there was the slightest obstruction, they would cut it off entirely.’ (Essentials of Mind)

 

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