Chapter 15: The House Where Nobody Lives
Just the word who..
Ryosui had hardly uttered his name when he was enlightened and said,
“Do not make a fool of me.”
“Don’t ask me who I am; the question makes me simply a fool. You know who I am, because we are not different. This time I have come without the weeds and this time I have gathered courage to knock at the door.”
If I had not visited you, I would have been deceived all my life by the Twelve Division Canon.
The Buddhist scriptures are divided into twelve divisions. It is one of the greatest literatures; no other religion can compete with it. He said to Mayoku,
“If I had not visited you, I would have been deceived all my life by the Twelve Division Canon.”
I would have gone on reading and reading and reading. But with a single act you have taken me to a state of no-mind.”
Mayoku opened the door and confirmed Ryosui’s enlightenment.
The moment he said, “I am finished with thinking, philosophy, with mind”. It is enough if a person understands that mind is not the way, but the peace and silence of no-mind. And suddenly you are all aflame with a new and eternal life.
Ryosui went back to his place of learning, resigned from it, and said to the assembled learners, “What you know, I know; what I know, you don’t know.”
To the fellow scholars who were pondering over scriptures, before leaving them he made the statement, “What you know - the scriptures - I also know. But what I know - myself - you don’t know.”