There is no I and there is no other

by P'ang Yun (Layman P'ang)

English version by Stephen Mitchell
Original Language Chinese

There is no I and there is no other.
How can there be intimacy or estrangement?
I recommend giving up trying to get there by meditation,
But rather, directly seizing the reality at hand.
The message of the Diamond Sutra is:
Nothing is excluded from our experienced world.
From beginning to end,
It inevitably exposes our false identities.

-- from The Sayings of Layman P'ang: A Zen Classic, Translated by James Green

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