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Chapter 1: Clear the Mind

In a serious voice Ta Hui said, “Without a verse, I could not die.” He took up the brush, and wrote:

Birth is thus
Death is thus
Verse or no verse
What’s the fuss?

This is the whole idea of Gautam Buddha’s philosophy of suchness condensed. Birth is thus.thusness or suchness mean exactly the same. There is no reason to think why it is: it is there.

Birth is thus

Death is thus..

There is no reason why you are dying. A tremendous acceptability is part of the philosophy of thusness, or suchness. Everything that happens, the man of understanding simply accepts it - this is how things are, this is how nature functions. There is no complaint, there is no grudge.

Birth is thus

Death is thus

Verse or no verse

What’s the fuss?

Then he let go of the writing brush and passed on.

Perhaps in this moment, when he was writing this verse, he completed his journey.

The discourses that are going to follow were given when he was not enlightened, but he was very clear in explaining everything to the ordinary people. He moved amongst laymen, he talked to the ordinary people, and he talked in a way that they could understand. His whole approach was that the great masters are not available to the people; they are available only to very intimate disciples, or perhaps only to the devotees - who will take care of the millions? So he started moving amongst the people, and the people were rejoicing; that’s why the emperor honored him as a great master, as a sun of awareness.

Masters don’t move, they don’t go to the people; they know the gap between them and the ordinary people is too big, almost unbridgeable. Unless somebody comes close to the master on his own accord, there is no way for the master to penetrate his being.

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