A monk came to say good bye to Ch'an master Niaowo (Bird's Nest). He said:
-Thank you, Sir, for everything you've done for me. Now I got to go.
-Where will you go?
-Any place where I can learn Buddha dharmas.
Why do you live? You live for the zenjack. The zenjack is operating when you think you’re hijacking a thread by farce, but unbeknownst to your critical faculties, you have been secretly abducted by zenguidians for probing tests.
Zen Master Dogen’s simple advice is this: Put aside the intellectual habit of chasing words and phrases, and learn to take the backward step that shines the light inward. Letting go of conceptual distractions in the mind