Thousand Year Treasure

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The good news is that there is another way. As the calligraphy states, “Three days of looking into self, a thousand-year treasure.” Three days of looking into the self means right now in this moment, what is this? What am I doing right now? What is this “I”? If we look at that with sincerity, honesty, and openness, it is possible to return to the mind before thinking. Before thinking is our original nature. In our school, we call it “don’t know”.

“Don’t know” plus action is a human being’s function. When we return to this moment, we also return back to the realm of name and form. Here we can use name and form in a clear and helpful way rather than name and form pulling us around and around. That even means using this “I”. Attachment to “I” results in I like and I don’t like. Using this “I” results in how may I help. Every moment. Every breath. How may I help? The name for that is Great Love, Great Compassion, the Great Bodhisattva Way. And that is a thousand-year treasure for the whole universe.

By Jason Quinn, JDPSN
Excerpt from Inka Speech
https://kwanumzen.org/teaching-library/2015/05/15/inka-speech-28