Where are you today, dearest one? As you hear this question, you may look around - locating yourself, your body, in the physical environment, where you live. You may say: "I am here in Kalamazoo, in my home, in my kitchen; preparing breakfast, feeling lonely and very scared because this loneliness has been with me for far too many days now."
Please ask yourself now: who is this one, afraid of so much loneliness, that it believes it is loneliness itself? Who will eat this breakfast of loneliness?
This loneliness is not you. It is a cloud in the sky, passing by; however slowly, it is still just passing by. You are the sky, touched by the clouds, seasoned by the clouds, lovingly holding the clouds as they float and move and shift and dissolve, on their way to nowhere, everywhere, home.
Know this, dear one: you are not the clouds, you are forever the sky.
invites you to find out what you are.
The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng, "I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me."
The patriarch responded, "I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain the meaning."
Said the nun, "You cannot even recognize the characters. How are you able then to understand the meaning?"
"Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon’s location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?"
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