Chapter 2: Drop Becoming! Being Is Enough
He did as the Zen minister instructed. His meditation was frequently interrupted by worries. He worried whether or not the rest of the plumbing fixtures would fall from the second floor to join the pipes and other trash he was sitting on. He worried about how he would know when the moon rose on the next night. He worried about what the people who walked through the room said about him.
His worrying and meditation were disturbed when, as if in a test of his faith, effluvium fell from the second floor onto him. At that time two people walked into the room. The first asked the second who the man sitting there was. The second replied, “Some say he is a holy man. Others say he is a shit-head.”
Hearing this, the man was enlightened.
It is only a question of being present to any situation. Now hearing this - not a Diamond Sutra - but he must have heard it, he must have been absolutely attentive in that moment. Naturally when somebody is talking about you and one says, “Some say he is a holy man. Others say he is a shit-head” - all thinking must have stopped: “Hearing this, the man was enlightened.”
Whenever, in whatever place, it can happen to you. Enlightenment is available. It does not come from the outside. When the thoughts disappear, it comes from your inside. When the thoughts are no longer clamoring for your attention, and suddenly you are silent, simply attentive, simply alert, it comes from the deepest core of your being. It arises like a fragrance. And once you have seen it happen, it is yours forever.
Enough for today.