Every circumstance appears to have two possible presentations. In one view, what is happening is seen as perfection: requiring nothing, but enjoying being witnessed. In the second view, what is happening is seen as imperfection, requiring an observation, an opinion, an interference, and inevitably some measure of suffering. The perfect view is, well, perfect just as it is. And wouldn't you know it, the imperfect one is also perfect, just as it is. And of course, 'perfection' and 'imperfection' might best be understood as mere pointers, with no substance. As we give them too substantial a weight, they begin to imply understandings that are themselves, not the truth.
Suffering arises where a seeming contradiction appears to be seen. Being knows no contradiction. It is as it is.
In perfect, resting awareness, everything that arises is already blessed. It is always so. How would it not be?
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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