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    Take It Easy, Vol 1


    Take It Easy, Vol 1


    CHAPTER 1


    Back From the Leaky Road
    11 April 1978 am in Buddha Hall


    A REST ON THE WAY BACK
    FROM THE LEAKY ROAD
    TO THE NEVER-LEAKING ROAD;
    IF IT RAINS, LET IT RAIN;
    IF IT BLOWS, LET IT BLOW.
    MY SELF OF LONG AGO,
    IN NATURE NON-EXISTENT;
    NOWHERE TO GO WHEN DEAD,
    NOTHING AT ALL.
    WHEN ASKED, HE ANSWERED;
    NO QUESTION, NO ANSWER;
    THEN MASTER DARUMA
    MUST HAVE HAD
    NOTHING IN HIS MIND.
    OUR MIND –
    WITHOUT END,
    WITHOUT BEGINNING,
    THOUGH IT IS BORN, THOUGH IT DIES –
    THE ESSENCE OF EMPTINESS!
    ALL THE SINS COMMITTED
    IN THE THREE WORLDS
    WILL FADE AND DISAPPEAR
    TOGETHER WITH MYSELF.
    RELIGION IS IRRATIONAL – by the irrational and for the irrational. Reason cannot contain it; reason
    is so small.

    Religion is the vast sky of existence. Reason is a tiny human phenomenon. The reason has to
    be lost, has to be dropped. Only by going beyond the mind does one start understanding what is.
    That’s the radical change. No philosophy can bring that radical change – only religion.
    Religion is non-philosophic, anti-philosophic, and Zen is the purest form of religion. Zen is the very
    essence of religion. Hence it is irrational, it is absurd. If you try to understand it logically you will
    be bewildered. It can only be understood illogically. It has to be approached in deep sympathy and
    love. YOU CANNOT approach Zen through empirical, scientific, objective concepts. They all have
    to be dropped.

    It is a heart phenomenon. You have to feel it rather than think it. You have to BE it to know it. Being
    is knowing. And there is no other knowing.

    That’s why religion has to choose a different kind of language. Religion has to talk in parables, in
    poetry, in metaphors, in myth. Those are indirect ways of hinting at the truth – only hinting at the
    truth, no direct pointing; just whispering, not shouting. It comes to you in a deep rapport.
    These small poems of the Zen master, Ikkyu, are of immense importance. They are not great poetry,
    remember, because that is not the concern. The poetry has been used as a device, so that yom
    heart can be stirred. The poetry is not the goal. Ikkyu is not concerned with creating great poetry;
    he is not really a poet, he is a mystic. But rather than speaking prose, he speaks in poetry – for a
    certain reason.

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