without leaving wherever you are

steady devotion


Yongjia said,

“Without leaving wherever you are,

there is constant clarity.” No words come closer

to the truth than these. If you start seeking, then we know

that you are unable to see. Just cut off any duality between

“wherever you are” and “constant clarity,” and make

yourself peaceful and serene. Avoid concocting

intellectual understanding and seeking.

As soon as you seek, it is like

grasping at shadows.



zen letters



when the dust is polished off a mirror

clayton cubitt


When the illusory body

is extinguished, the illusory mind is

also extinguished. When the illusory mind

is extinguished, the illusory sense objects are

also extinguished. When the illusory sense

objects are extinguished, the illusory

extinguishing is also



When the illusory

extinguishing is extinguished, that

which is not illusory is not extinguished.

It is similar to how, when the dust

is polished off a mirror, the

brightness appears.


Virtuous one,

you should know that body

and mind are both illusory dust.

When the form of this dust is wiped

away, purity pervades

the universe.


The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment

from Dialogues in a Dream

by Musō Soseki


world and particle are one

shane drinkwater


The ego says

that the world is vast, and

that the particles which form it are tiny.

When tiny particles join, it says, the vast

world appears. When the vast world

disperses, it says, tiny

particles appear.


The ego

is entranced by

all these names and ideas,

but the subtle truth is that world and particle

are the same; neither one vast, neither one tiny. Every

thing is equal to every other thing. Names and

concepts only block your perception

of this Great Oneness. Therefore

it is wise to ignore




who live inside

their egos are continually bewildered:

they struggle frantically to know whether things

are large or small, whether or not there is a purpose

to joining or dispersing, whether the universe is blind and

mechanical or the divine creation of a conscious being.

In reality there are no grounds for having beliefs

or making comments about such things. Look

behind them instead, and you will discern

the deep, silent, complete truth

of the Tao. Embrace it, and

your bewilderment



Hua hu Ching, Chapter 32


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