It is clear to see
and sometimes painful to watch
the throes of agony
in order to know.
He says he will quit soon
and this endless torment
might be getting the best of him.
On some afternoons still
he knocks on the door
of someone who appears to know.
This one who appears to know
has burned all of her books
taken her certificates down
and protests loudly to have
only the knowledge of nothing at all.
She shares this lack of knowledge
along with cups of peppermint-nettles-nothing tea.
Sometimes the visitor cries hard
because of his belly full of dredged-up grief
sometimes because of his unresolved joy
occasionally he laughs out loud at his own folly
and is precious and earnest if nothing else.
Mostly, he comes for the tea.
This is known by the one who knows nothing
based upon often finding the empty cup
placed mindfully on the table by the door.
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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