Through endless ages, the mind has never changed.
It has not lived or died, come or gone, gained or lost.
It isn’t pure or tainted, good or bad, past or future,
true or false, male or female.
It isn’t reserved for monks or lay people, elders or youths, masters or idiots, the enlightened or unenlightened.
It isn’t bound by cause and effect and doesn’t struggle for liberation. Like space, it has no form.
You can’t own it and you can’t lose it.
Mountains, rivers or walls can’t impede it.
But this mind is ineffable and difficult to experience.
It is not the mind of the senses.
So many are looking for this mind, yet it already animates their bodies. It is theirs, yet they don’t realize it.
The Wisdom of the Zen Masters
aspens, Ansel Adams