Before one says something like I will seek out a teacher and before you seek a teacher, first establish a true heart upon which stands an concrete intention. Only then should you seek a teacher. Generally, everyone here has the need to study. We have things to consider, but have not yet been able to comprehend them; things to do, but have not yet been able to accomplish them. Resenting this, we resolve to study and thus seek out a teacher. This should be called a true thing.
The Third Year of Ansei, the 26th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”