Book of Equanimity: Case 45
At all times do not produce delusive thoughts.
Also, don't try to stop and annihilate deluded states of mind;
In realms of false conception don't add knowledge,
And don't find reality in no knowledge.
The four lines that open this koan warn us not to forcibly create divisions and separations, expanding effort in organizing our reality into categories, painting eyebrows on chaos. Compartmentalizing suffocates life. But the
ignorance of differences dismisses the real and iridescent diversity of forms. Both attitudes are extremes of delusion. How do we navigate a course between these two traps?
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