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  On one occasion, the Buddha said to the monks this:
"No other form do I know, O monks, that so persists in obsessing the mind of a man as the form of a woman.
The form of a woman persists in obsessing the mind of a man.

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HE WHO IS TRULY FREE
He who is truly free does not seek pleasures of any kind.
If he seeks any kind of pleasures, he is bound to seeking pleasures.

He who is truly free does not seek fame or wealth.
If he seeks fame or wealth, he is bound to seeking fame or wealth.

He who is truly free does not seek rewards of any kind.
If he seeks any kind of rewards, he is bound to seeking rewards.

He who is truly free does not seek happiness.
If he seeks happiness, he is bound to seeking happiness.

He who is truly free does not seek experience or knowledge.
If he seeks experience or knowledge, he is bound to seeking experience or knowledge.

He who is truly free does not seek God or Brahma.
If he seeks God or Brahma, he is bound to seeking God or Brahma.

He who is truly free does not seek Heaven or Paradise.
If he seeks Heaven or Paradise, he is bound to seeking Heaven or Paradise.

He who is truly free does not seek a Savior or Messiah.
If he seeks a Savior or Messiah, he is bound to seeking a Savior or Messiah.

He who is truly free does not seek Buddha-nature or Emptiness.
If he seeks Buddha-nature or Emptiness, he is bound to seeking Buddha-nature or Emptiness.

He who is truly free does not seek Nirvana or Blissful Land.
If he seeks Nirvana or Blissful Land, he is bound to seeking Nirvana or Blissful Land.

He who is truly free does not seek Now or Presence.
If he seeks Now or Presence, he is bound to seeking Now or Presence.

He who is truly free does not seek eternity or infinite.
If he seeks eternity or infinite, he is bound to seeking eternity or infinite.

He who is truly free does not seek the Empty Mind.
If he seeks the empty Mind, he is bound to seeking the Empty Mind.

He who is truly free does not seek clarity of consicousness.
If he seeks clarity of consciouness, he is bound to seeking it.

He who is truly free does not seek to practice zazen or meditation.
If he seeks to practice zazen or meditation, he is bound to seeking to practice zazen or meditation.

He who is truly free does not seek to become enlightened.
If he seeks to become enlightened, he is bound to seeking to become enlightened.

He who is truly free does not seek peace or security.
If he seeks peace or security, he is bound to seeking peace or security.

He who is truly free does not seek teachers or teachings.
If he seeks teachers or teachings, he is bound to seeking teachers or teachings.

He who is truly free does not seek followers or students.
If he seeks followers or students, he is bound to seeking followers or students.

He who is truly free does not seek the Way.
If he seeks the Way, he is bound to seeking the Way.

He who is truly free does not seek liberation or freedom.
If he seeks liberation or freedom, he is bound to seeking liberation or freedom.

He who is truly free does not seek detachment.
If he seeks detachment and says to his girlfriend or wife something like this:
"I am not attached to you at all, my darling!"
If he says so, he will get a lot of trouble!

ChonTri 08/14/03


 



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