Wordly and World-Transcending
Reply to Layman Sun Kuang-liang of T’ung-chou by Master Chu-hung
You asked this question: “According to the world-transcending absolute truth, the worldly is identical to the world-transcending, so is it then unnecessary to seek transcendence? Since the true is not outside the false, what’s the use of seeking the true?”
If you do not understand the idea here, then the best thing for you to do would be to singlemindedly recite the buddha-name. When your mindfulness of buddha peaks, you will awaken, and having awakened, there will be nothing to discuss.
Even if you do not have great awakening, you will still leave this world “Endurance” and be born in the Pure Land. This is transcending the world. Dissolving away mixed mindfulness and purifying correct mindfulness is the absolute truth.
For now do not concern yourself with transcending or not transcending, or with what’s real and what’s not. Just do the work [of buddha-remembrance] until your mind is unified: then naturally you will comprehend properly.