Do not seek the treasure…

 

A great Zen master said, “Do not seek the truth; simply cease cherishing illusions.”

If there is a primary practice or path to enlightenment, this is it—to cease cherishing illusions.

Seeking truth can be a game, complete with a new identity as a truth-seeker fueled by new ideas and beliefs. But ceasing to cherish illusions is no game; it’s a gritty and intimate form of deconstructing yourself down to nothing.

Get rid of all of your illusions and what’s left is the truth. You don’t find truth as much as you stumble upon it when you have cast away your illusions.

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