I don't think we understand it at all. We've got this idea of something trapped that we got to set free. Like there's a bird in your hand, what Zen is about is spreading your fingers and letting it fly away. Whoosh! I'm enlightened!
But you and the bird are the same! You and your hand are the same! Nothing needs to be opened! Nothing needs to fly away! Realize this and you've automatically let go!"
quoted in Ambivalent Zen by Lawrence Shainberg
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