The Reality of Chan Practice

Flatten the Ruffled Surface of the Water

The mind that makes no distinctions is unmoving; there are no ups and downs. If you tried to eliminate the ups and downs it would be like trying to calm the ripples on the water in a pan. You want the surface to be completely still; you blow the water to flatten it out and end up making more ripples. Then you press the water with your hands to stop it from moving, which creates even more agitation. If you were to leave the water alone, the ripples would eventually subside and the surface would become still.