Truth is clarity -- when the mind has no confusion at all; confusion only arises when the mind is trapped in images, symbols and thoughts via seeking and identification, bringing about the disorder of the mind -- me, the self.
Truth is not something fixed or static, not in words, the words are not the thing, truth is a pathless land, path implies "to follow, to imitate, to accept, to conform"; in that path, truth is not; one can carve out one's path without knowing it is a path, or else, the path becomes a trap, a tradition and a business.
Truth only exists in daily living, it is all about what is actually, the actuality which is not tarnished by the disordered consciousness -- the self-centred activities.
Truth is not something one can seek, what one seeks has nothing to do with truth. One can only come upon the truth when one stops seeking and stays with what is; one may go to a temple, a mountain or any other places, groups or organizations to find the truth, but actually one is seeking according to one's own illusion and deception, in that seeking, truth is not.
Truth does not exist in traditions or organized religions, one may start one's journey from there, but to come upon the truth, one must negate all of those eventually.
Truth is amorphous, beyond any words, one can only perceive when one is acting, perceiving is acting, when the self is totally absent. The consciousness activities can easily attach a form to truth, and form is tangible and therefore acquirable, but the form is not truth. To come upon the truth, one has to negate all the forms, which does not mean that one is brutally cut off, but deeply understand the essence of the forms.
Truth only exists in daily living, the authentic living where the mind stays unknown when the mind has no attachment at all; when one does not live and behave, truth is only an idea -- something known, forms naturally become an attachment and escape.
From ancient to now, there have been quite a few great minds -- Laozi, Zhuangzi, Buddha, Huineng, Jiddu Krishnamurti; their life points to the truth in their thoughts and behaviours; to come upon the truth, one needs to join them, not follow them; "join" means independent inquires, being a light to oneself; following only creates numerous issues, moving away from truth; obviously, truth is not in the organized religion or other forms, which may bring a sense of being taken care of -- but still pleasure in essence, truth is not when the mind does not understand what is pleasure and the essence of all kinds of forms.
About Buddhist philosophy
It is easy to misunderstand what Cico says as the Buddhist philosophy, due to the tricky language and subtle mental actions that are taking place without notice – comparing. It is not necessary to evaluate Buddhist philosophy, after all, it is a system of thoughts, and when the mind stands alone, it means the mind is not trapped in any system of thoughts, and only such a mind can come upon truth; truth has nothing to do with any system of thoughts, which in return can be an obstacle for one to come upon the truth.
If one is really serious and eager to inquire, one needs no philosophy at all; thoughts are limited, no matter it is Buddhist philosophy or whatever, if one identifies oneself with this system of thoughts, truth naturally moves away from one; if there is no identification at all, then Buddhist philosophy deserves no mentioning at all; one has to see clearly this awkward position all kinds of philosophies are in.
“Cico admires 'Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch 六祖坛经' a lot, Cico's direct perception totally agrees with what the words there present," says Cico, "personally, Cico thinks this scripture breaks away from all the Buddhist philosophy in one go." According to the historical records, Huineng 惠能 is illiterate, "in this modern world, illiteracy is a big disadvantage at first sight, but without understanding what is language words merely distort the mind, as this disaster is going on all over the world " says Cico, "being illiterate brings the extra advantage to Huineng, his mind is not shaped by all kinds of Buddhist philosophy, and this becomes the 'shortcut' to truth; in his scripture, he explains things in simple language without any Buddhism terms, which already means a lot; truth is simple, no abstruse terms are needed actually."
The historical study of Huineng is speculative and the meaning of this is rather limited, "the speculative study borders on gossip, but via direct perception as human beings, it is easy to find what is reasonably true and what is irrelevant", says Cico, "Cico prefers to call this as Chan, very pure stuff, and obviously, Chan is not Buddhism, Chan Buddhism is not Chan".
Unfortunately, any word cannot escape from the fate of being contaminated, "Cico is very cautious of using terms because it is misleading, Cico projects the same word via the direct perception, but other people may use that word with a very different intention", says Cico "Cico will not mention 'Chan 禅', it is unnecessary for one who is serious to find out the truth, what matters is a quality of mind, not the words, words are not the thing at all. "