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Chapter 3: Seek Nothing Outside

“Followers of the Tao,” said Rinzai, “this mountain monk’s view does not differ from that of Sakyamuni Buddha. In all the variety of our daily activities, is there anything lacking? The spiritual light manifesting through the six senses has never been interrupted. He who is able to perceive it in this manner can be an unconcerned man for the rest of his life.

“Virtuous ones, there is no peace in the three worlds which are like a house on fire. It is not a place for a long stay because the murderous demon of impermanence will, in an instant, make no choice between the noble and the humble, and between the old and the young. If you do not want to differ from the Patriarch and the Buddha, it will suffice for you to seek nothing outside.

“If, in the time of a thought, your pure and clean no-mind shines, this is your own Dharmakaya buddha. If, in the time of a thought, your passionless no-mind shines, this is your own Sambhogakaya buddha. If, in the time of a thought, your non-differentiating no-mind shines, this is your own Nirmanakaya buddha.

“This threefold body is the one who is now listening to my expounding of the dharma. This can only be achieved if nothing is sought from without.”

Maneesha, I have to say something about my absence yesterday before I can enter into the discussion of Rinzai’s statements. I could not come yesterday because Anando took all my clothes to some dry cleaner. First I thought the dry cleaner must be in Pune, but by the end of the evening it became clear that the dry cleaner was in Bombay. And in the night she phoned to say that she was going to Switzerland, with all the twelve suitcases of Avirbhava full of my clothes for dry cleaning!

Somehow she had to be persuaded to come back, because without clothes the government will have immediate reason to arrest me. Fortunately she has returned from Bombay. The whole credit of my being here today goes to her.

“Followers of the Tao,” said Rinzai, “this mountain monk’s view does not differ from that of Sakyamuni Buddha.”

In fact he is saying that not only are his thoughts actually the same as Gautam Buddha’s, all the buddhas, past and present and future, have the same insight, the same illumination. But he can say only about himself for the simple reason that this is his actual experience. Since the moment when his buddhahood became known to him, he has been watching that every action, every activity, every response is exactly that of Sakyamuni Gautam Buddha.

“In all the variety of our daily activities, is their anything lacking? The spiritual light manifesting through the six senses.”

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