On intuitive wisdom

Universal great enlightenment precipitates a new perspective

The perfectly enlightened Buddha or Master makes no mistakes, he does not hurry, his mindfulness does not fail, his mind is not unconcentrated, he has no notions of plurality or duality, and he indulges in no inconsiderate equanimity. He never suffers the loss of either will-power, energy, mindfulness, meditative concentration, wisdom or liberation; these are the byproducts of the perfect realization. The perfect Buddha’s (Master’s) is not impeded or obstructed about anything in the past, present, and future; these are the byproducts of perfected wisdom. As such, all the physical activities of a fully Awakened individual are preceded by wisdom and are also accompanied by wisdom, and the same is true for all verbal and mental activities. Thus, whatever aim there is to accomplish, for the perfect Buddha, for whatever being, at whatever time, the deeds of the perfectly enlightened are always fruitful because he does not waste time. He speaks/writes/teaches open-handedly because he is not vulnerable to anything (or any defilement) and he is always absorbed in mindfulness.

A Zen story: The grace of a Guru

Zen Master Gutei raised his index finger whenever he was asked a question about Zen. A young novice began to imitate him in this way. When Gutei was told about the novice’s imitation, he sent for him and asked him if it were true. The novice admitted it was so. Gutei asked him if he understood. In reply the novice held up his index finger. Gutei promptly cut it off. The novice ran from the room, howling in pain.

As he reached the threshold, Gutei called, “Boy!” When the novice turned, Gutei raised his index finger. At that instant the novice was enlightened.

Enlightenment is not attained through mimicry

However good an imitation is, it is still an imitation and not the genuine thing. Raising a finger is not Zen. What that finger stands for is the important thing. Like the novice, we often see the surface, or form, and fail to see the truth. The novice depended on one finger. When it was gone, there was no finger to show Zen.

As long as one depends on something, he never becomes free and independent. Enlightenment is to take away all dependencies and attachments and attain a new perspective, a new life.

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