Daily Wisdom / Zen

You Say Please

book coverIf you see the world very deeply, then you can hear the sound of the world. The sound of the world is something you are always looking for. But you cannot actually find it through your experience, so finally that is suffering. It is a very direct cause of suffering. So finally you say, “Please.” Please make me simple. Please make me free. The moment that you call, saying “please,” is called Avalokiteshvara. There is no subject who is calling and there is no object you are calling upon. Because the one who is calling upon something is simultaneously what one is looking for. That is Avalokiteshvara.

From Returning to Silence: Zen Practice in Everyday Life by Dainin Katagiri

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