The way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things
When acceptance and rejection are both absent
everything become clear and undisguised
Verses on Faith in Mind
Seng Ts’an 606 CE
Seng Ts’an instruction is clear and direct but without the suspension of thought, you won’t see it.
This inner silence is not being for or against. It reveals the truth of Joshu’s tree, Gutei’s finger, Sakyamuni’s flower.
A popular contemporary phrase I often hear is “It is what it is“. This is a wonderful phrase. I would agree – it is what it is. Now I ask you – what is it?
The self confidence of the warrior is not the self-confidence of the average man. The average man seeks certainty in the eyes of the onlooker and calls that self-confidence. The warrior seeks impeccability and calls that humbleness in his own eyes. The average man is hooked to his fellow man, while the warrior is hooked to infinity.
This beautiful statement can be looked at as truly taking refuge in the way. Infinity presents itself to the warrior in the unknowable immeasurable reality of her life.
As she travels her way she is accountable to no one but her true self. This way is beyond spirituality or logic.
The warrior hones the whetstone of her spirit.
The wind of the way drives her home for no reason at all.