“Fixed Ideas” by Zen Master Daehaeng

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Fixed ideas are like a wisp of cloud or smoke,
but nonetheless people find themselves blocked or captured by these.


You would laugh if you saw someone tripped by a cloud, or if someone claimed that they were imprisoned by the air.  But, in fact, people are endlessly being trapped by things no more substantial than air or clouds.


They make a wall with their mind, and then it imprisons them.  Inherently, there is no wall or anything to trip over.  These things are mirages they’ve created from thoughts they gave rise to.
Do not insist upon your own fixed ideas.


Your persistence is your own narrow mind.  If your mind is broad, it can easily embrace the entire world.  However, if your mind is narrow,  even a needle cannot enter.  You have to keep letting go of your stubbornness, and always be deeply respectful of all life…


Learn to step out of your fixed ideas.


When we return to our Inherent Nature, which is our most true and natural state, then the true reality of everything is automatically revealed.


Letting go and resting – entrusting everything to your underlying Essence/Natural State means returning to our Fundamental Nature.


Zen Master Daehaeng
From – No River to Cross



12 Comments Add yours

  1. True and profound of knowing Who We Really Are and potent words spoken by the Zen Master. Clouds do not bother, nature never bothers whether it is hurt or angry then why we as humans are bothering so much when we too are not bodies but Souls. Lovely post, Amira.

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    1. That is so true my dear Kamal! When we re-connect with our spiritual side we come to that realizations, and we can finally get a broader and higher perspective, we are indeed as you so beautifully said ” not bodies but Souls”. Thanks again for your profound comments! ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. You are always welcome dear Amira. The poem was so inspiring. Happy day to you πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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        1. and to you as well dear! πŸ™‚ ❀

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          1. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

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  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    Such wonderful truth, Amira. Just lovely.❀️.❀️

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    1. Thank you so much Jeff for your appreciation and encouragement! πŸ™‚

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re welcome, Amira😊 Have a wonderful weekend.❀️

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        1. Thank you so much Jeff, and you too! πŸ™‚ ❀

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          1. Jeff Flesch says:

            Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  3. LindaP says:

    Great truth Amira! Have a blessed day! Love and warm hugs, Linda.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda! You too! Much love and warm hugs back! ❀ ❀ ❀

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