Penetrating Through to Freedom

 
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28 December 2018 12:25
 

“When you reach the point where not a single thought is born and before and after are cut off, you will suddenly penetrate through to freedom.  It’s like the bottom falling out of a bucket.” -  Zen master Yuanwu

quoted from the book, ‘Zen Letters - Teachings of Yuanwu’ -  translated by J.C. Cleary and Thomas Cleary -  https://www.shambhala.com/zen-letters.html

 
 
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28 December 2018 12:54
 

It’s called death.

 
 
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07 January 2019 11:54
 

Yuanwu said, “You cut off the path of ideation and go beyond thinking and escape from emotional consciousness, to reach a clear, open state of freedom that sweeps all before it.”

Thoreau said (paraphrasing), “Sometimes I think I could rest in the palm of God like a field stone, and let it all go by like a torrent.”  (deliberate momentary respite from all the hassles and vexations of the day while enjoying an afternoon walk in the woods even when John Brown is about to be hanged?).  (a beer and a football game on the telly?)