A point of inquiry:
In your activity and in your stillness, in your seeking and in your rest from seeking, in your work and in your play, is it escape or freedom that calls you?
The entertainment of escape is everywhere and easily accessible, and looks and taste sweet, sweet, sweet on the tongue. Really good dope. The road to freedom is not a road at all. Not a place either. But somehow you land there in the no-place. Falling down the rabbit hole, there may be a bitter taste on the tongue. You swallow it whole, and it swallows you. Bitter is just a thought, sweet just a thought, memory, just another thought. Oh, and there's no escape from freedom. And it's only a thought that you might want to. You have only to hand over the keys and walk away
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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