Delusions and attachments consisting of self-centered
and conceptual thinking obscure the living fact.
The Zen path is devoted to clearing away these obstructions
and seeing into true nature.
Samsara is essentially not any fixed place or realm,
for it is any state of mind filled with attachment,
aversion and delusion.
As the enlightened have no attachment,
aversion and delusion, they are forever free of the samsaric,
and are never really “in” Samsara,
even as they “enter” Samsara to aid beings truly “in” Samsara to be free of attachment, aversion and delusion.
It is thus an error to imagine that the enlightened suffer in Samsara when they remain or return to Samsara to help relieve suffering – for, once again, Samsara is not a place.
Being enlightened is also to be free of all suffering – wherever one is.
When your parents gave you life,
there wasn’t a trace of selfish desire, bad habits or self-centerednesss.
But from the age of four or five you picked up the mean things,
you saw other people do and the bad things you heard them say,
so that gradually as you matured, growing up badly,
you developed selfish desire, which in turn produced self-centeredness.
Deluded by this self-centeredness,
you then proceeded to create every sort of evil.
If it weren’t for being centered on yourself,
delusions would not arise.
When delusions do not arise,
that is none other than abiding in the Unborn Buddha Mind…
The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.