Sunday, 15 September 2019


363. Sengcan, the third Chinese ancestor, concludes his great enlightenment poem Xinxinming with the assertion 'Words! The Way is beyond language, for in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today'. This might suggest that words can be dispensed with and that the truly enlightened will always maintain a noble silence. Clearly Sengcan would not agree with such a suggestion as he uses words to point to that which lies beyond their reach. 

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