Daily Wisdom / Zen

The Thieving Mind

Book coverThe reason the ancients had spiritual effect in learning the Way was that the thieving mind had died completely. If the thieving mind does not die entirely away, there is no way you will ever attain self-fulfillment. Speaking in simple terms, if you kill off a tenth of the thieving mind, you’ve learned a tenth of the Way; if you kill off five-tenths of the thieving mind, you’ve learned five-tenths of the Way. When the thieving mind is entirely gone, everything is the Way

Ming-pen in The Zen Reader, edited by Thomas Cleary, page 75

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