The Great Way isn’t difficult


The Great Way isn´t difficult
for those who are unattached to their preferences.
Let go of longing and aversion,
and everything will be perfectly clear.
When you cling to a hairbreadth of distinction,
heaven and earth are set apart.
If you want to realize the truth,
don´t be for or against.
The struggle between good and evil
is the primal disease of the mind.
Not grasping the deeper meaning,
you just trouble your mind´s serenity.
As vast as infinite space,
it is perfect and lacks nothing.
But because you select and reject,
you can´t perceive its true nature.
Don´t get entangled in the world;
don’t lose yourself in emptiness.
Be at peace in the oneness of things,
and all errors will disappear by themselves.

 Seng-Ts’an

“Don’t lose yourself in emptiness”. That is, don’t be concerned either about the world or the doctrine of emptiness (there is no thing that has independent self-nature – the Buddhist doctrine of ‘dependent origination’).

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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