Quote of the Day: Lin-Chi

James Gardens - Toronto

James Gardens – Toronto

“In the eye it’s called seeing. In the ear it’s called hearing. In the nose it smells odors. In the mouth it holds conversation. In the hand it grasps and seizes. In the feet it runs and carries.”
~ Lin-Chi
on the Man of No Rank

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What is Lin-Chi pointing at with his words? The answer to the question, “What is ‘it?”

4 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Lin-Chi

    • At the physical level it certainly is, but I think the deeper meaning of the quote is to look at that which is behind the senses.

      “The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal name.”

      As soon as ‘it’ is given a location or a concept, it is no longer the ‘it’ we were originally talking about! Zen masters often spoke this way to help their students realize that ‘it’ is the Absolute consciousness of undifferentiated reality.


        • Oh you’re very welcome 🙂 That is simply my current understanding; there may be much more to it that I have yet to discover! I think it would be great to discuss with a group.

          Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit has written a book called ‘The Complete Book of Zen’ which helped me begin to understand these concepts like no other piece of literature has. Reading it is like having the benefit of a master who speaks your own language at your side for the duration of your studying the book. I feel like simply going through the book once does a lot to raise your conscious and spiritual awareness, if you are prepared and open to receiving such benefits!


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