Words of an old blabbermouth
There’s little in the way of fancy metaphysical B.S. in these down-to-earth words from a Chinese sage. Yet the truth they point to is ageless:
I have nothing, know nothing, am nothing. Wher- ever I am, whatever happens, happens of itself. Not even the original mind interests me any more... You should consider the Patriarchs and all blabbermouths like myself as impostors, bab- bling about something they will never be able to show you or put in your hands.
The only possible value they might have is to show that all beings do, in fact, have Buddha nature.
(From The Sayings of Old Ch’eng on the Nature of Original Mind. Translated by Mike Dickman, Cool Grove Press,1999.)