庸人自扰之 problems are self-created
Post date: Feb 7, 2011 6:35:36 PM
The koans of the Zen masters point out that we are already free and liberated. The only thing that binds us is our own attachments and illusions. We seek answers from others to problems that are self-created and illusory. Therefore, the answers are also illusory. Only by seeking the true Buddha nature within, through self-reflection, can we dispel these illusions of the mind.
希遷禅師回答: “誰給了你生与死? 誰告訴你生与死有区别?”
To live happily, do not seek trouble.
Originally there was no problem, but the common person makes trouble for himself
Before the Fourth patriarch Dao-Xin became enlightened, he once consulted with the Third patriarch Seng-Can.
Dao-Xin requested of the Third Patriarch: "I feel that life is too difficult/bitter, hope you can guide me to the path of liberation."
Third patriarch responded with a question: "Who binds you?"
Dao-Xin thought about it and replied: "No one binds me."
Third patriarch laughed: "Since no one binds you, you are already free and liberated. So why do you still seek liberation?"
Later on, as the Zen master Xi-Qian was giving profound guidance to a group of monks, one monk asked the Zen master: "How to liberate oneself?"
The Zen master replied: "Who binds you?"
The monk asked: "How to obtain the pure land?"
The Zen master replied: "Who contaminates you?"
The monk continued to ask: "How to attain the eternal state of nirvana?"
The Zen master replied: "Who gave you life and death? Who told you that they were different?"
As the monk questioned the Zen master, he became more and more puzzled. But afterward, he suddenly became enlightened.