Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow...
CONFUSION AND THE BEAUTY OF LIFE-N-DEATH
What has one been seeking for through thousands of years? Once one was born he already lives long enough to die. Between his birth and death is his own confusion. With confusion, he grows up and gets educated, gets married and has children, and lives his life in contradictions and conflicts in himself. With confusion, he treats his spouse and children. With confusion, he reasons, argues, and quarrels with his friends and others. With confusion, he tries to make order from chaos, and the order he made is also a confusion. With confusion, he makes love for pleasure and tries to live in peace, but he just gets suffered. With confusion, he makes wars against his opponents for punishment. With confusion, he creates philosophy, theory or practice, and fights to death for it. With confusion, he starts searching truth, the first cause of everything, Creator, God or whatsoever... and fights to death for it. With confusion, he escapes from the facts of life and run into jungles or forests, into monasteries or temples...and lives there until the death comes. With confusion, he makes himself a leader or a follower of a faith or belief, of religion or a political party, and fights to death for it. With confusion, he builds churches or centers, and creates more confusion for himself and others.
If he could realize what he's seeking for and doing are just the confusion itself and the confusion is himself and himself is the confusion, then the confusion would immediately stop itself and he would stops seeking himself. And at that moment, the Beauty of Life and Death is right front of his eyes, right under his nose, right in his heart-mind-body. The Beauty of Life and Death is his Heart-Mind-Body itself and his Heart-Mind-Body is the Beauty of Life and Death. His Heart-Mind-Body is the Ultimate Truth itself and the Ultimate Truth is his Heart-Mind-Body itself. There is no more seeking for whatsoever.
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