Master Rinzai (Linji) Speaks
“Followers of the Way, outstanding ancient teachers all had their own methods to liberate people. In the case of this mountain monk, all I want to point out to you is that you must not be deluded by others. If you want to act, just act. Don't ever be intimidated. You students nowadays don't get it.
What is the disease? The disease is a lack of self‐confidence. If your faith is insufficient, you will keep on wandering in confusion. No matter what the circumstances, you will be controlled and led around by others. You will not find freedom. If you can stop your continuously seeking mind, then there will be no difference between you and the Buddhas and patriarchs.
Would you like to know the Buddha’s and patriarchs? They are none other than those of you who are now in front of me, listening to the Dharma. Because you students of Dharma don't have enough confidence in yourselves, you search outwardly. Even if you find something through seeking externally, that something is merely a description in written words. You will never get the vital spirit of the patriarchs that way. Make no mistake, virtuous Zen students.”