You will have great difficulty practicing Zen if you regret leaving behind worldly study and pride
You will have great difficulty practicing Zen if you regret leaving behind worldly study and pride or if you are attached to some special talent. So, you should return to being a blank page.
If you can pay the price of a very restrictive practice, you will get great freedom.
In the old days there used to be people who would suddenly forget about life and death with just one word from a Zen teacher. Also, there were many people who got enlightenment after three or seven days of practice. However, people these days have very little patience and practice Zen as a sideline. Because of this, people who have practiced for even twenty or thirty years still have not attained Buddhism’s great meaning.
When you eat rice yourself, you feel full. If you don’t practice Zen yourself, even the Buddha and eminent teachers cannot help you.
If you want to practice Zen, first win the battle of the six senses.
– The Teachings of Zen Master Man Gong, p.12