Chapter 7: Zen Is Love
- again, remember, it is no-mind,
Because searching one’s own Mind leads ultimately to enlightenment
- not mind. Mind has to be dropped long before. You have to search into no-mind, into that silent space where you will meet yourself, your buddha.
Because searching one’s own no-mind leads ultimately to enlightenment,
this practice is a prerequisite to becoming a buddha.
It is not a prerequisite to becoming a buddha, it is a prerequisite to discovering the buddha. These are small differences of words but they show that the moment you talk about becoming, you are talking about a process of change. Becoming is change, but the moment you talk about being, you are talking about is-ness. There is no change. The buddha is your being, not your becoming. But I can understand Basui’s difficulty; he is saying right things but in the wrong words.
I hope he will do a little more homework.
Perfect melody - like wind
among the pines of far-off slopes.
Mind is washed sky clean:
hear it beyond itself.
A master, in this simple statement, says the whole scripture: Perfect melody - like wind among the pines of far-off slopes. Mind is washed sky clean: hear it beyond itself.
Another Zen expression:
Better to see the face
than to hear the name.
You have heard too much about the buddha, now it is time to see the face.
Anando has asked:
Last night I heard you refer to Zen as “the great love affair.” yet, rarely are love or compassion mentioned in Zen anecdotes or discourses of the masters. Why is this?