Feb 28 2017

A Lamp Unto Yourself

Therefore, Ananda, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be ye a refuge to yourselves. Betake yourselves to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the Truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone besides yourselves.

— Mahaparinabbana sutta
Feb 27 2017

The Fifth Patriarch once said, “It is better to keep your true, original mind than to contemplate the Buddhas of the ten directions.” The Sixth Patriarch said, “If you only contemplate other Buddhas, you will never break free from life and death. You should keep your buddha-mind as it is in order to arrive on the other shore.”

— So Sahn (1520-1604)
Feb 26 2017
Kuei-shan asked Yun-yen,
“What is the seat of enlightenment?”
Yun-yen said,
“Freedom from artificiality.”
— Kuei-shan (771-854)
Feb 25 2017
If people are quiet,
They can be quiet anywhere.
If people aren’t quiet
They won’t be quiet in the mountains.
Everything depends on you.
Life is transient,
Like a flash of lightning in a dream.
Before we receive this form,
We had another face,
Our original face.
We can’t see it with our eyes.
We can only know it with wisdom.
— Chi-ch’eng
Feb 24 2017
On a peak standing still
Only clouds coming and going.
A thousand misty mountains below me.
In the open sitting straight
Nothing false, nothing real
Shapes of light and dark before me.
— Ch'and-hui
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