Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It is time to abandon wisdom

Meng with the Zen Master Subul Sunim

The great Korean Zen Master Subul Sunim recently gave me this advice: "To acquire wisdom is hard, but to abandon it is even harder.  You have accumulated a lot of wisdom, and your wisdom has brought you to this point, but to advance further, you need to abandon that wisdom."

Upon hearing that, I was half unstuck.

A few days later, my dear friend, Zen teacher Soryu Forall made it more specific.  He said, "In your meditation, you have been observing yourself from a high ground.  It has gotten you this far.  It is now time to stop observing and just be in experience fully.  Fully.  Fully!"

There and then, I understood how to abandon my wisdom.

And I was unstuck.

The wise man walks to the door.  The fool walks in.


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