20: Letting go, it will happen spontaneously

執之失度     Grasping for it excessively

必入邪路     Is sure to lead one astray

放之自然     Letting go, it will happen spontaneously

體無去住     Essence neither departs nor abides


If anyone regards bodhi as something to be attained, to be cultivated by discipline, he is guilty of pride of self.  – Saptasatika-prajna-paramita-sutra

When you dwell in your Self you have no desire to be liberated. It is only when you are in the ego that you desire liberation. – Lester Levenson

There are no skandhas in Nirvana, nor is there an ego-soul, nor any individual traits. To enter into the Mind-only one must free himself from attachment to emancipation. – The Lankavatara Sutra (p. 302)

Ping-ting the fire god comes for fire.

Tai’an of Fu-chou asked Pai-chang: I wish to know about the Buddha: what is he?’ Answered Pai-chang, It is like searching for an ox while you are yourself on it. (Suzuki, 1949, p. 370)

And having been asked by the rabbis when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them saying: The kingdom of God cometh not by looking without;* nor shall it be said, Behold, here, or Behold, there; for behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:20).

*The verb θεαομαι (theaomai) means to watch or look out for something.


“Outside the mind there is no Dharma, and inside also there is nothing to be grasped. What is it that you seek? . . . To seek the Buddha and to seek the Dharma is precisely making karma for the hells.” (Watts, p. 102)

Lester Levenson: 

Praying is for those who need praying. When you know what you know, to whom are you praying? If you are That, why do you have to pray to it? You see, praying admits duality—“I” pray to “God.” Maintain your oneness. However, when one prays it is best to pray for one thing only: more wisdom, so that you eliminate all need for any prayer, for any asking. It all depends on one’s state of understanding. Most people in the world today need to pray, but prayer admits duality—God is out there. And we should know that God is within. Even though Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within,” we still look for God without and he’s not out there: he’s only within. He turns out to be our very own Beingness. (recorded in New York on September 14, 1984)


Levenson, Lester (1993). Keys to the Ultimate Freedom: Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation. Phoenix, Arizona: Sedona Institute. ISBN 0-915721-03-1 (download)

Suzuki, D. T. (1932). The Lankavatara Sutra: A Mahayana Text. Translated for the first time from the original Sanskrit. (http://lirs.ru/do/lanka_eng/lanka-nondiacritical.htm)

Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro (1949). Essays in Zen Buddhism (First Series). New York: Grove Press.

Watts, Alan (1957). The Way of Zen. New York: Vintage Books. (https://terebess.hu/english/AlanWatts-The%20Way%20of%20Zen.pdf)

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