From “In the Buddha’s Words”
Monks, held by two kinds of views, some devas and human beings hold back and some overreach; only those with vision see.
And how, monks, do some hold back? Devas and human beings delight in existence, are delighted with existence, rejoice in existence. When the Dhamma is taught to them for the cessation of existence, their minds do not enter into it, acquire confidence in it, settle upon it, or resolve upon it. Thus, monks, do some hold back.
And how, monks, do some overreach? Now some are troubled, ashamed, and disgusted by this very same existence and they rejoice in nonexistence, saying, ‘In as much as this self, good sirs, is annihilated and destroyed with the breakup of the body and does not exist after death, this is peaceful, this is excellent, this is just so!’ Thus, monks do some overreach.
And how, monks, do those with vision see? Here, a monk sees what has come to be as having come to be. Having seen it thus, he practices the course for disenchantment, for dispassion, for the cessation of what has come to be. Thus, monks, do those with vision see.
From “Misfortune and Adversity,” by Ken McLeod:
At a retreat in Vancouver many years ago a Zen teacher was conducting individual interviews. A student came in brandishing a knife. The teacher let out a blood-curdling scream. The student was so startled that he dropped the knife, bowed, and ran out. The teacher’s senior students rushed in to see what had happened. When they heard his account, they complimented him on his skill in handling the threatened attack. “No skill!” he grunted, “just scared.”
A teacher was crying at the funeral of her son, who had died of illness while still a child. Her students asked her why she was crying when she had told them repeatedly that everything was illusion. She turned, fixed her eyes right on them and said, “Know that every tear I shed frees countless sentient beings.”