“All the Buddhas of the past were simply ordinary people who understood their minds. Likewise, all the masters of the present have simply cultivated their own minds. And all future practitioners will have to depend upon cultivation of mind. So if you wish to follow the Way, do not seek for it outside yourself.”
A good teacher is one who combines understanding and practice and has no lingering delusions...of good and bad, right and wrong.” Tozan said, “...there are three kinds of lingering delusions--opinion, emotion, and speech.
When the founder of Zen came to China from India, he did not set up written or spoken formulations; he only pointed directly to the human mind. Direct pointing just refers to what is inherent in everyone:
To say too much about Taoism can interfere with another’s own direct experience of intuitive understanding. Having read this piece many times in the past, I see how often it takes multiple readings to reveal deeper insights.
Just like the heart of Zen is a teaching beyond words and letters, the teaching of the garden, the wisdom of inanimate objects, is a direct passage beyond the intellect.
The actual point of all our efforts on the spiritual path is simply to return to the state of complete wakefulness, which is the true nature of our minds.
To live the reality of true fluidity existing between ourselves and the world is a profound existence in anyone’s life and practice.
Perhaps, questions are like Zen masters, who ask in order to help expose the impulse of "the knower," who blindly steps into the battlefield of conversation with a certain point to prove.
Consider what it takes in questioning ourselves to “put aside all conditioning” as part of one’s practice. In truth there are many doorways into training, we are drawn in directions that speak most easily to us.