From outside the shoes, to scratch where you itch.
by Zen Master Wu Kwang on Oct 10, 2012
A kong-an interview with Zen Master Wu Kwang
We used to have a different translation of the second great vow:
Desires are in- exhaustible. We vow to extinguish them all.
Once, during an interview, a student asked Zen Master Wu Kwang:
Desires are inexhaustible. What does this mean?
Zen Master Wu Kwang: I want!
Student: Then how do you extinguish them all?
ZMWK: I want!
Human life is I want! Even to direct yourself toward extinguishing desires is a want or desire. Strictly speaking, desire or even preference is not the problem. Clinging and self-centered craving is really the core of the issue. Why do I want, and for whom? How do I use the energy of desire to go beyond just I, my, me?
When you’re hungry, eat; when someone else is hungry, give them some food.