August 04th, 2015

Fearing that none of you would understand, they gave it the name Tao, but you must not base any concept upon that name. So it is said that “when the fish is caught the trap is forgotten.” When body and mind achieve spontaneity, the Tao is reached and universal mind can be understood. In former times people’s minds were sharp. Upon hearing a single sentence, they abandoned study and so came to be called “the sages who, abandoning learning, rest in spontaneity.” In these days, people only seek to stuff themselves with knowledge and deductions, placing great reliance on written explanations and calling all this the practice.

Huang-po (d.850)