March 17th, 2015

Today’s students of the Buddha-Dharma
need to look for genuine insight.
If you have genuine insight,
birth and death will not affect you,
and you will be free to come and go.
Nor do you need to look for worthiness;
it will arise of itself.

Followers of the Way,
do not let yourselves be deluded
by anyone; this is all I teach.
If you want to make use of genuine insight,
then use it right now
without delay or doubt.

Students nowadays do not succeed
because they suffer from lack of self reliance.
Because of this lack,
you run busily hither and thither,
are driven by circumstance,
and kept whirling by the ten thousand things.

Rinzai (d.866)