[Most] Foolish [Of The] Foolish
Common people consider [those] illiterate, [who do] not understand matters as foolish.
These indeed [are] foolish, [but] not [the most] foolish of [the] foolish.
[There are those who had] studied completely five carriages [of] books, with [no] words not understood;
[who] gathered completely ten thousand kinds [of] skills, with [no] matter not able [to be done];
and even [when] discussing [on the] profound [and] speaking [of] Chán, [with] none not known through and through.
Yet [when] examining their truths’ aspects, [they are] inverted [and] confused.
Instead, [they are] mocked at, [by] those earlier so-called foolish [ones].
[If they are] not [of the] foolish within, [the most] foolish, then who [are they]?
[Note: Those unable to read or understand profound knowledge are not necessarily the most foolish, as they can still realise essential truths practically with sincere and diligent practice, such as by being mindful of Buddha’s name, to be liberated from rebirth in this lifetime via reaching Pure Land. This is while those with only much theoretical knowledge and worldly skills, who imagine themselves to already be wise are the truly foolish ones.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 8th Patriarch Great Master Liánchí
Essays Written [By The] Bamboo Window
Namo Amituofo : Translation & note by Shen Shi’an