The moment you are told something by someone and you think you understand, you will stick to it, and you will lose the full function of your nature. When you seek something, your true nature is in full activity, as if you are feeling for your pillow in the dark. If you know where the pillow is, your mind is not in full function. Your mind is acting in a limited sense. When you are seeking for the pillow without knowing where it is, then your mind is open to everything. In this way you will have a more subtle attitude toward everything, and you will see things as it is.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I liked this passage from a chapter called "Find Out For Yourself" in a book called "Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen" by Shunryu Suzuki: