"When you walk the Way, it is not near, it is not far. If you are deluded, you are mountains and rivers away from it.
I respectfully say to those who seek enlightenment:
do not waste your time."
Also known as
Sekito Kisen, (Japanese)
Student of Hui-Neng 6th Patriach
Ts'ao-Hsi Mountain Temple in China.
Shih-T'ou's body was mummified in black lacquer and due to a fire during the Chinese revolution in 1911, was brought to Japan.
It can be viewed today at the Soto Zen Temple in Yokohama....
A potential student went to see a Master and asked;
"If I work really hard, how long will it take me to become enlightened?"
"Ten years" the Master replied.
"No, I mean really work at it."
the student said.
The Master replied,
" I am sorry I misunderstood you, it will take you twenty years."
The student then said,
" I am serious, I am willing to do anything to gain enlightenment."
"Oh that's different,"
said the Master,
"it will take you thirty years."
What say you?
Do we seek, or not, is it a total waste of time, sitting, trying so hard to find something we already possess?
Why not take Shih-T'ou's advise;
walk the Way....