So I would like for you to remember that there are seven senses. The sixth, that Rinzai says is the buddha-sense, I would like to call the seventh. About the sixth Rinzai is as traditional, conventional, as everybody else. It was not his fault, it was never thought that there needs to be a sense of balance. It was only the discovery of the deeper structure of the ear that made it clear to us that we have a certain sense of balance, too. From all these senses, Rinzai is saying, constantly a certain light is radiating.
“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.”
This is the experience of all the buddhas. There is no peace anywhere. Everything is as if it is on fire, and all that you need to do is to jump out of this fire. Your jealousy is fire, your anger is fire, your fear is fire, your love is fire – all that you are living is nothing but a house on fire. Every moment there is anxiety, every moment there is anguish.
“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.”
That is the essence of the message: nothing to seek outside. Seeking for something outside is entering into a house which is on fire. However much you try…You may even become comfortable in an uncomfortable situation, just by saying to yourself, “This is what life is.” But this is not so. You may settle with your sadness, your misery – everybody has settled with things believing that, what else can one do? Anger comes, love comes, hate comes, and they all possess you like demons.
The only way to avoid this vicious circle – from one prison to another prison, from one fire to another fire – the only way is to seek nothing outside and turn inwards. There is no seeking inwards, you simply find. Outside you seek and you never find anything; inside you do not seek, it is already there.
“If, in the time of a thought, your pure and clean no-mind shines, this is your own Dharmakaya buddha.”
Buddha has made categories. Dharmakaya means the body of religiousness. If in the time of a thought, your mind is clear, clean, no-mind shines, this is your dharmakaya Buddha. You are entering into a realm of your inner space which can be said to be the very body of religiousness.