It is Rare . . .

An earnest student is rare. Rarer still, when the teacher becomes a student . . .



Yen Hui said, “I am making progress.”
Confucius asked, “In what way?”
Yen Hui said, “I have given up doing good and being right.”
Confucius said, “Very good, but that is not quite enough.”

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Another day, Yen Hui saw Confucius and said, “I am making progress.”
Confucius asked, “In what way?”
Yen Hui said, “I have given up ceremony and music.”
Confucius said, “Very good, but that is not quite enough.”

Another day, Yen Hui saw Confucius again and said, “I am making progress.”
Confucius asked, “In what way?”
Yen Hui said, “I just sit and forget.”
Confucius was startled and asked, “What do you mean by sitting and forgetting?”
Yen Hui said, “I am not attached to the body and I give up any idea of knowing.
By freeing myself from the body and mind, I become one with the infinite.
This is what I mean by sitting and forgetting.”
Confucius said, “When there is oneness, there are no preferences. When there is change, there is no constancy. If you have really attained this, then let me become your pupil.”

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