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« on: January 10, 2009, 11:41:05 AM »
Bassui wrote the following letter to one of his disciples, who
was about to die:

"The essence of your mind* is not born, so it will never die.  It
is not an existence, which is perishable. It is not an emptiness
which is a mere void. It has neither colour nor form. It enjoys
no pleasures and suffers no pains.

"I know you are very ill. Like a good Zen student, you are facing
the sickness squarely.  You may not know exactly who is suffering,
but question yourself: What is the essence of this mind? Think only
of this. You will need no more. Covet nothing. Your end which is
endless is as a snowflake dissolving in pure air."

(Source: Zen Flesh and Zen Bones. Paul Reps. Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.