A Mountain is Just a Mountain


Linji Zong Qingyuan, the Zen Master, once summed up the three realms of his consciousness. When he was not aware, he saw the mountain is a mountain, and the water is water. At the beginning of knowledge, he saw that the mountain was not a mountain, and the water was not water, and after enlightenment, he sees the mountain is just a mountain, and the water is just water.

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When you are not aware, you regard appearance as the heart of things. Therefore, you see the mountain as the mountain, see the water as the water. At the beginning of consciousness, you no longer regard appearance as the heart of things. Therefore, you see mountains are not mountains and water is not water. After enlightenment, you realize that the presence and the body of the elements are one, the body and mind are one, selflessness and unselfishness are the Tao. Therefore, you see the mountain is just the mountain, and the water is just water. In the end, you realize that everything is the Tao, and that you and things are not divided, that the material and Tao are one, being and nonbeing are one. Thus, whoever attains Tao, will last forever.

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临济宗青原惟信禅师,曾总结自己觉悟的三重境界:未觉悟时,见山是山,见水是水;初觉悟时,见山不是山,见水不是水;最终开悟后,见山只是山,见水只是水。

未觉悟时,把事物的表象当作事物的本体,把身当作心,把私把欲当作我,所以,见山是山,见水是水。初觉悟时,不再把事物的表象当作本体;不再把身当作心,不再把私把欲当作我,所以,见山不是山,见水不是水。最终开悟后,参悟到事物的表象与本体为一,身心为一,无私无欲,无我即道,所以,见山只是山,见水只是水。最终觉悟到万物皆是道,物我不分,物道为一,有无为一,才是得道之人,才可以天长地久。

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