May 16 2017

If anyone in the reality of "suchness" can understand the dharma of dreamy emptiness and examine and practice it, they will through the dharma of reality conquer self and cherish mercy.

In this way they will be able to invent a discipline and devices for what is called "The Way of Purity and Universal Emancipation."

If however, they linger in this view, they will not be able to attain the proper mental state of the Zen-person.

— Ryoho (1305-1384)
May 15 2017
One look at plum blossoms
Opened Reiun's eyes,
Old Tan recites poems,
Is often in his cups.
Want "meaningless" Zen?
Just look—at anything!
— Old Shoju (1642-1721)
May 14 2017
Even moonlit dewdrops,
If you're lured to watch,
Are a wall before the Truth.
— Sogyo (1667-1731)
May 13 2017
If this doctrine is not understood thoroughly,
The concept of an I prevails,
Hence come virtuous and non-virtuous actions
Which give rise to good and bad rebirths

Therefore, as long as the doctrine of removing
The concept of I is not known,
Take heed of the practices
Of giving, ethics and patience.
— Nagarjuna (150-250)
May 12 2017

Who would have thought that all things are the manifestation of the Essence of Mind?

— Hui-neng (638-713)
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