Saturday, December 19, 2009

Letter 131

Sixin said:

Profit seeking has nothing to do with the Way,
seeking the Way has nothing to do with profit.
It is not that the ancients could not combine them,
but that their forces do not accord.

If profit seeking and the Way went together,
why would the ancients have given up their wealth and status,
forgotten about achievement and fame,
and mortified their bodies and minds in empty mountains and great swamps,
drinking from streams and eating from trees all their lives?

If you must say profit making and the Way
can both be carried out without mutual interference,
that is like holding a leaking wine cap to pour on a burning pot,
you cannot save it this way.

{A Letter[131] ~ Zen Lessons Vol. One}

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