130. Bring Me Your Mind

Artwork by Blair Thomson
Kusen 130 collaboration ‘mountains and waters no.290’ by Blair Thomson

Eko said to Bodhidharma, “My mind is not at peace, please pacify it.”

Bodhidharma said, “Bring me your mind and I will pacify it.”

After a while Eko said, “I have looked everywhere for my mind and I cannot find it.”

Bodhidharma said, “There! I have pacified it.”

In Eko’s question, we might easily pass over the most important word, ‘My.’ ‘My mind’ — but if we don’t pass over it, if we see the fiction of ‘my’ mind, ‘my’ experience. What is there to pacify?

We should be grateful for everything in the flood of experience, because it is that, and that alone, which clarifies the great matter.