Discriminating between worldly and spiritual

The Third Ancestor of Zen in China said, “Your effort to suppress activity is just more activity.” It is delusory to discriminate between worldly and spiritual, secular and religious, lay and monastic, the marketplace and a retreat center. Trying to suppress the flow of thought by changing your environment is like trying to make something disappear by closing your eyes.

From The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing

by Ted Biringer

2 thoughts on “Discriminating between worldly and spiritual”

  1. Reminds me of the ravenous bug beast of Trall (of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Doug Adams), which assumes that if you can not see it, it can not see you.

    Ted, thank you for your efforts!

  2. If we *want* anything, we fall into delusion. That’s the consistent teaching.

    Thanks for this simple & direct reminder, Ted!


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