In late Tang Dynasty (nearly more than 1000 years ago), there’s a well-known Zen (in Chinese called Chan) Master CongShen. He lived in ZhaoZhou (Zhao county of Hebei province nowadays) for 40 years, so people called him Master ZhaoZhou. Many Zen practitioners came to see him and wanted to learn from him. For Chinese Chan, the teaching was always given through question and answer. One time, a monk asked him:” If two dragons fight for a pearl, which one will be the winner?" Master ZhaoZhou replied:” I just look."
In our insight meditation, we may ask the similar question: "if the concentration conflicts with wandering, which one can win?” our answer should be: "just keep clear awareness."
Master Zhao Zhou showed us the neutral way for Zen practice. In other words as given by Buddha, it should be: "keep clear mind on everything and don't cling to anything.” The neutral means nothing really belongs to you, even your body; there's nothing can be controlled by you, even your mind. The so-called initiative or activity of your body and mind is just the reaction based on changing causes and conditions. And the reaction is at the same time the part of the causes and conditions which will bring about the effect, and the effect will be part of the causes and conditions again… the birth, growing and dying of everything are all covered within this unrepeated cycling. There's only endless changing causes, conditions and effects, no inherent existence – ego can be found anyway. In daily life, we can learn to think and act without adding the "I", “you” or “he”, which implies the existence of "ego", no matter when facing an angry face or on the way to toilet.
Through observing our body, mind or the things happening, we’ll gradually understand that the cause, condition and effect are interactive and inter-being; they depend on each other to manifest this world. By understanding this, we can say: it is possible to think and act with neutral mind – "just look" : )