Yanyang’s “Thing”

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi

Book of Serenity, Case 57

Zen Mountain Monastery, 01/12/2020

The path is letting go—and letting go—and letting go still more. When we have let go of every single thing we let go of the very idea of letting go. Shugen Roshi speaks of the profound “putting down” in which wisdom and compassion arise together. He cites Vimalakirti: “Ultimately if interested in the Dharma, take no interest in any thing.” Not to be confused with isolation or turning away from anything, but to realize ones true nature within the spaciousness of mind which contains all things.

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