In order to receive the mysterious Zen transmission that is outside the Zen narrative of words and their shifting meanings we have to first look inward to the human mind. We can't use the mind like we do in school. We really have to look at it as our subject—it is a landscape of sorts albeit a mental one. Here, and only here will we discover our true nature. It won’t be some new idea that comes to our attention but something much different.
As we begin to look into the human mind we soon find that there is no place for a unique self-nature—I mean we don’t see one. What we fail to recognize is the human mind is only an attribute of this self-nature we are looking for just like ripples and waves are an attribute of water.
We must not confuse this self-nature with who we are right now. We represent a history of a psychophysical organism that was born on such and such a day and time. The self-nature that we are trying to see first hand is, in a word, antecedent to this organism—our original face.
Despite the subtlety, this is where we have to begin our journey. We have to turn to the human mind and there begin to look for this mysterious self-nature. Believe it or not, part of you will recognize it, suddenly, in the time of a finger snap, when it appears. But you cannot project your idea of it—you will never see it by that method. Such a way only clouds up what shouldn't be clouded. The more we project—the more clouds. Our true nature is like seeing the clear blue sky when we have gone through all the clouds.