with or without words

July 28, 2010

The Dharma is devoid of words or appearances, but it is not separate from words and appearances. If you abandon words you are subject to distorted views and defilements; if you grasp at words, you are deluded as to the truth.

Students of the scriptures often abandon their inner work and pursue externals; some adepts prefer to ignore worldly activity and simply look inward. Both positions are biases which are bound at two extremes.

They are like fighting over whether a rabbit’s horns are long or short, or arguing whether flowers in the sky are profuse or scarce.

– Uichon (1055-1101)

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