The title of this one seemed to fit because there is this feeling inside that just wants to cry out that there is nothing to find. I don’t know how many times you have to read it or consider it, but there is no path to reach this conclusion. There is just the mere seeing, that there is no mere see-er… Who are you fooling by thinking that there is something pulling the strings.
The thing about Zen is that true zen, the teaching is about seeing what you are, it isn’t about the practice. All the practice serves is to orchestrate the mind and body of the individual to show them that there is no doer, not even through the mantras and motions of “zen” they are going through. Hence the gateless gate. I’ve mentioned this many times before in respect to Zen is that the gateless gate can be summed up by saying that the gate is the doer thinking they are doing something, when in reality there is no doer, therefore, there is no gate. The door has always been open but there has been no site of this.
It is truly like the prisoner is sitting in his cell with the door open but because he had been accustomed to his jail cell for so long that he has not the motivation to move outside of it, for what would he do once outside. We are not accustomed to reality, and what would we do with knowing what it is. The truth is, is that everything just continues to move on, nothing changes… but in the same effect, everything changes. Its so silly to believe that we lose everything… but its actually that we gain everything back that we thought we lacked.
You inherit a fortune in which you had never lost.
Here is the break down:
- There is no you, it is a dream that was made up… just because it was created like a dream, doesn’t mean its real.
- It is this way because… well its a dream, why do dreams persist? The answer is, who cares.. its for the beautiful pleasure of it being a magnificent dream. Even in the event it is a nightmare, it is in the beauty that its perfect in respect to its dream/nightmareish-ness.
- If there is defensiveness to guard that there is a you, ask yourself, who is defending it, another thought? who owns that thought and where does that thought go when its gone? Just another thought? So this you is just a bundle of thoughts then… and these thoughts are part of a complete existence. This doesn’t prove you exist, just that a bundle of thoughts exist and clever ones they are.
- There is no you there, if you search, you will find nothing, and if there is nothing, why is that a problem? There doesn’t have to be a you for existence to be existence, enjoy the freedom you’ve just accumulated.