The True Nature of Delusion

In order to realize truth, just realize the nature of delusion…

When the true nature of your own awareness is unhindered by conceptualization, and remains pure, clear, and luminous, that is liberation. When the true nature of your own awareness is veiled by conceptualization, and subjected to views, notions, and preferences, that is bondage. A single moment of conceptualization is a single moment of bondage; a single moment unhindered by conceptualization is a single moment of liberation…

When you make efforts, thinking there is something to awaken to, you are positing a gap between what is awakened to, and the one that awakens. There is no gap between reality and your own mind. If you cling to the slightest notion that there is something to be gained, you are only entangling yourselves deeper in delusion. Your mind, right now, hearing this talk, is nothing other than the vast, unnamable, fathomless void.

~The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing

4 thoughts on “The True Nature of Delusion”

  1. Hello MyoChi,

    This is an excellent question. Once, a great Zen master was asked about this, and he gave a very intimate and immediate response. Here is how it played out.

    One day Shisen asked Master Ekaku , “How does pure essentiality suddenly give rise to mountains, rivers, and the earth?”

    Master Ekaku said, “How does pure essentiality suddenly give rise to mountains, rivers, and the earth?”

    Peace,
    Ted

  2. Hi Ted,

    this was really nice, thank you! You wrote, “In order to realize truth, just realize the nature of delusion…” Yes, let our practice continue!

    Take care,
    Uku

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