Dharma Card for February
It is easy to wake up a sleeping person,
but it is extremely hard to wake up a person
who is asleep with his/her eyes open.
It is said that fishes go to sleep all right with their
eyes open since they have no eyelids, and that
tunas sleep while swimming along, but are there
any people who are asleep with their eyes open?
If I should say, “Aren’t you such a person?” you would
indignantly react, “Rubbish! I do see everything around
me all right with my eyes quite open!”
However, the question is not about your outside world,
but whether you are perceiving the most important
matter for a human being. “Do you have the answer ready
to the question what you were born for as a human being?”
T’an-luan declared, “People are so idly asleep for long
that they don’t even seek to get out of their deluded
state.” Rightly, it is very dangerous to walk around while
dreaming with your eyes open.
“Am I really awakened? Am I not dreaming a long
dream?” There is nothing else for it but to hear the