Daily Wisdom / Zen

Mind as Mirror

book coverIt is said that to be enlightened we must live in the eternal. Now, that infinitely small and therefore infinitely great point of time is called the present moment. The universe exists only in that moment, and it is said that the wise man moves with it, clinging neither to the past nor to the future, making his mind like the mirror that reflects everything instantly as it comes before it, yet making no effort to retain the reflection when the object is removed. “The perfect man,” says Chuang-tzu, ‘employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing; it refuses nothing. It receives, but does not keep.”

From Become What You Are by Alan Watts, page 88

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