“Tōzan said*: … ‘there are three kinds of lingering delusions. They are the lingering delusions of opinion, emotion, and speech.
With lingering delusions of opinion, one can’t separate himself from the domain of the thinking mind and hence falls into the poisonous ocean.
With lingering delusions of emotion, one always looks at things from the standpoint of the intellect, becoming narrow-minded and biased.
With lingering delusions of speech, one loses sight of the wonderful teaching of the true nature of things and becomes blinded to its true activity. Please consider these three lingering delusions carefully.’
One who has not yet exhausted these lingering delusions will be stained by the two aspects — existence and emptiness — and will not find freedom anywhere.”
Bassui Tokushō (1327–1387)
* Tōzan Ryōkai (Chinese: Tung-shan Liang-hsuan; 807-69), this quote is from the ‘Records of Tōzan.’
Uit: Mud and water- the collected teachings of zen master Bassui, Arthur Braverman, Wisdom Publications, Somerville, 2002.