It is not enough to say "you are not your suffering". Not enough to say "there is no one there". It is pointless to say "all is illusion", "life is impermanence", "there is no-one and nothing to fear".
Anyone can say these things and doubtless, will. If you seek long enough, you will meet someone who will say these things to you.
When we meet a beloved laying in the road, injured, broken-limbed, and bleeding, do we look down and ask: "who is this one who has fallen and cannot stand, this one who is dying"?
There is no need to speak carelessly, in the name of LOVE.
LOVE knows no awareness of encouraging illusion or delusion. LOVE has no concern for the language of keeping a broken one on track.
LOVE brings bandages and balm, tending the brokenness with active hands of mercy for what is here now. LOVE knows that all is always already blessed.
Bring it. All awaits you here.
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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