Being with what's perfect
“Zen places Enlightenment first” says the Japanese Master Ummon, “get rid of your bad Karma afterwards.” He doesn’t let us off any of the work of facing and fully acknowledging our human hang-ups of every sort at every level. That long and costly discipline is unavoidable. Only let’s begin, he says in effect, with what’s freely and instantly available to us whatever our problems, with what’s already perfect — namely our Source and Centre. Then, consciously established at the Centre, we shall be in a position to handle all of the peripheral confusion.
from Religions of the World by Douglas Harding