Ching-yuan Wei-hsin, a Chinese Ch'an master, once said this:
Thirty years ago, when having not studied Ch'an, this monk saw mountain was mountains and water was water.
Later, when following the good teacher's guide, this monk...
As Alan Watts would say, most of us have been heading North all our lives. What would happen if we decided to go South, East or West instead? I think it would be much the same thing, conflict and suffering, just in a different direction. Then he asks what would happen if we just stopped. ………. I used to think I was on a path. Then I realised I was the path. So my journey came to an end right there.
Reply from Bluerose
Anything I need to learn from now on can come to me from without or within. I’m here.