One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
WHAT YOU REALLY NEED?
Questioner: Did any of those things give you what you really need? If not, why? This is an excellent question. Is what you seem to want the same has what you need? I want to drink from the cup of wisdom and knowledge. Yet when I am drunk with these attachments will not this repository be burned with all the other old books. The only thing certain is death. The only thing uncertain is when. My delusions are that wisdom and knowledge will buy me peace. I now know this to be untrue. Peace comes from the understanding of nature of life and understanding the negative nature of hindrances. This understanding can only be brought about by the “un-thought”, the quiet and the emptiness. This is a very hard pill for my ego to shallow. So many years, so much time spent chasing shadows.
CT: How many books or whatever book you would like to read, just read.
How many teachers, masters or gurus, if you would like to listen to, just listen.
How many methods of practice you would like to have, just collect and fill up your pockets with them.
However, if you would like to see and understand truth, you must directly look into yourself or at the fact and do not let anything you have read or listened cover or lead your eye, your ear, your mind... Only with this kind of direct contact which only happens with the total choice-less attention will help you to walk yourself through this life. To look into yourself means that you must not let any thought of yours be gone without examining it.
Do not let any desire, any want, any craving...of yours be gone without examining it.
But when you look at it, do not make any evaluation or criticism at it. If you do that to it, that means you are escaping from it as a fact. For example, when you look at an anger which arises in you, just look at it, see it clearly from the beginning to the end, understand it thoroughly. When this act is done, you are over it.
Or you might want to look at "why you want to be enlightened" or "why you want to see something called Buddha-nature or unborn nature".
If you look at and see the "want" clearly and understand it thoroughly, then there will be a transformation happens in yourself.
Of course, when you do this act you must forget all of these words put down here.
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