- This topic has 9 replies, 1 voice, and was last updated 11 years, 4 months ago by .
Throughout Zen writings there are many examples of students asking the masters “How do I find enlightenment?”
Some masters answer: “Eliminate all desires. Even the desire to have enlightenment is itself a desire that must be eliminated. When you are completely without desire you will attain.”
Other masters answer: “You must have an all-consuming desire for enlightenment. If I staked you to the ground and put red hot coals on your body, what would you most desire? ‘Oh, to throw off the coals, Master!’ When you desire enlightenment as much as you want to cast off the coals is when you will attain.”
Are these two directly opposed viewpoints by the Masters, or are they saying the same thing in a different way?
Thoughts and opinions?
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.