"Presence" — Unknown

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Poet Bai Juyi (772–846) visits 鳥巢道林 Niaoge Daolin (741-824) Chan master
Painting by 洪子明 Hong Ziming (1953-)

PRESENCE
“Where shall I look for Enlightenment?”
“Here.”
“When will it happen?”
“It is happening right now.”
“Then why don’t I experience it?”
“Because you do not look.”
“What should I look for?”
“Nothing. Just look.”
“At what?”
“Anything your eyes alight upon.”
“Must I look in a special kind of way?”
“No. The ordinary way will do.”
“But don‘t I always look the ordinary way?”
“No.”
“Why ever not?”
“Because to look you must be here.
You‘re mostly somewhere else.”
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