Ultimately there is nothing happening
in the world,
But fools make trouble for themselves.
We may think we are doing a good deed, but in reality, it may not be a good deed. Why not? Because the seed is impure. If you do a good deed out of greed, you've planted an impure seed. To do a good deed with a competitive motive is also to plant an impure seed. What should you do, then? You should act as if nothing were being done. No matter what we do, we should do it as our duty, and not seek for something outside of ourselves; we shouldn't seek to get anything out of it. In carrying out our daily activities, we should always act them as if nothing were being done. It is said,
Ultimately there is nothing at all;
Where can the dust alight?
If you recognize what you see,
you can transcend the world;
If you are confused by what you see,
you will sink and drown.
When we live in this world, it is difficult for us to get rid of our deluded ideas. If we can get rid of them, we will “leave distorted dream-thinking behind” and realize the ultimate state of Nirvana. Emptiness is not emptiness, and form is not form: This is the scenery of our native land, our inherent hometown. However, we have all turned our backs on enlightenment and have embraced defilement, so we do not recognize the scenery of our native land. Instead, we are totally deluded, and we rush madly from east to west in pursuit of fame and profit. When we finally succeed in obtaining fame and profit, death comes, and all we can do is enjoy the offerings made to the deceased! This just proves that: “Ultimately there is nothing happening in the world, but fools make trouble for themselves.”