任性合道 Be your natural self and you are in accord with the Way
逍遙絶惱 Calm and easy and untroubled
繋念乖眞 When thoughts are in bondage they stray from the truth
昏沈不好 Becoming clouded and unsound
不好勞神 When thoughts are unsound, the spirit is troubled
Lester Levenson: (1993)
We must, in our everyday lives, be in that state of tranquility, and until we can be in that state while in the details of daily living, we haven’t reached the top. So there are no two categories—the world and spirit; it’s all one and the same. It’s just a matter of the way we look at it. We should strive to get to the place where no one and no thing can perturb us. When you get to that state, you are at the top. You are in the world and nothing and no one can disturb you in the slightest. Develop this. Make this a practice. Make this your way of life. Do not react to people; do not become angry, [envious], hateful and so forth. Remain ever the same, ever the same; no matter what happens, no matter what goes on, you really are ever the same, serene and poised. (“Worldliness and Spirituality”)
The sage lets events be and does not let himself be, and so he has no grasping and rejecting, no disapproving or approving. The ignorant one lets himself be and does not let events be, and so he has grasping and rejecting, disapproving and approving. If you can empty the mind, be unhurried and free and completely let go of the world, then you are one who lets events be and goes with the flow. Letting events be and going with the flow is easy, while opposing, resisting, and changing things is difficult. When events will to come, let them be; do not go against them. If they will to depart, let them go; do not pursue them. Whatever has been done, move on and do not regret it. Events that have not yet arrived, let go of them and do not think about them. This is the person who is walking the path. If you can let events be, then you leave the world to its own devices. Gain and loss do not come from oneself. If you allow events to happen and do not resist, if you relax and do not oppose them, where and when will you not roam in the beyond?
Question: How does one quickly attain the Way?
Answer: Mind being the substance of the Way, one quickly attains the Way. When the practitioner himself realizes that delusion has arisen, then, relying on the Teaching, he gazes at it and causes it to vanish.
If the mind is attached to anything, that is bondage. The sutra says: “It is not through inferior, average or superior dharmas that one attains Nirvana.” Even though the mind has entered delusion, do not push delusion away. Instead, when something arises from the mind, rely on the Dharma to gaze at the place from which it arises. If the mind discriminates, rely on the Dharma to gaze at the place of the discrimination. Whether greed, anger or ignorance arise, rely on the Dharma to gaze at the place from which they arise. To see that there is no place from which these can arise is to cultivate the Way. If there is anything arising from the mind, then investigate it, and relying on the Dharma, clean house! (Bodhidharma’s Method for Quieting the Mind)
THE ORDINARY MIND
The Tao does not require cultivation: just don’t pollute it. What is pollution? As long as you have a fluctuating mind fabricating artificialities and contrivances, all of this is pollution. If you want to understand the Tao directly, the ordinary mind is the Tao. What I mean by the ordinary mind is the mind without artificiality, without subjective judgments, without attachments or aversions.
Right this moment, as you walk, stand, sit, and lie down, responding to all situations and dealing with people—all of is the Tao. The Tao is the realm of reality. No matter how numerous are the uncountable, inconceivable functions, they are not beyond this realm. If they were, how could we speak of the teaching of the Mind-ground, and how could we speak of the inexhaustible lantern? (translated by Thomas Cleary, https://terebess.hu/english/mazu.html)
The Zen Teachings of Mazu translated by Thomas Cleary; Mondo taken from the book Sayings of the Ancient Worthies, translated by D.T. Suzuki. (https://terebess.hu/english/mazu.html#1)
Levenson, Lester (1993). Keys to the Ultimate Freedom: Thoughts and Talks on Personal Transformation. Phoenix, Arizona: Sedona Institute. ISBN 0-915721-03-1 (download)