Dec 12 2015

Thus the Diamond Cutter Scripture says, “Do not grasp truth, do not grasp untruth, and do not grasp that which is not untrue.”

It also says, “The truth that the buddhas find has no reality or unreality.”

— Pai-chang (720-814)
Dec 11 2015

It has been asked, “If one wants to practice the path now, what technique should one perform to attain liberation?”

People who see buddhahood immediately realize the mind source without performing techniques. When you clearly see Buddha nature, this very mind is Buddha, because it is neither illusory or real. A scripture says, “Directly abandoning expedients, just expound the unsurpassed way.”

— Hui-chung
Dec 10 2015
In dark night live those for whom
The world without alone is real;
In night darker still, for whom
The world within alone is real.
The first leads to a life of action,
The second to a life of meditation.
But those who combine action with
Meditation cross the sea of death
Through action and enter into
Immortality through the practice of
Meditation.
So we have heard from the wise.
— Isha Upanishad
Dec 09 2015
Don’t seek fame or fortune,
Glory or prosperity.
Just pass this life as is,
According to circumstances.
When the breath is gone,
Who is in charge?
After the death of the body,
There is only an empty name.
When your clothes are worn,
Repair them over and over;
When you have no food,
Work to provide.
How long can a phantom-like
Body last?
Would you increase your ignorance
For the sake of its idle concerns?
— Tung-shan
Dec 08 2015

Make no mistake about it; if you do not find it now, you will repeat the same routines for myriad eons, a thousand times over again, following and picking up on objects that attract you.

We are no different from Shakyamuni Buddha. Today, in your various activities, what do you lack? The spiritual light coursing through your six senses has never been interrupted. If you can see in this way, you will simply be free of burdens all your life.

— Lin Chi (d. 867)
 
 
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