May 06 2017
Before enlightenment,
Buddhas are no different than ordinary people
After enlightenment,
Ordinary people at once become Buddhas.
— Hui-neng (638-713)
May 05 2017

It is absolutely necessary for you to seek to obtain genuinely accurate insight and understanding. Then you can travel freely anywhere and avoid being confused by the common sort of spiritual charmer.

— Lin Chi (d 867)
May 04 2017
I wake up from my noon nap
and see the shadows
moving in the afternoon
Mist fades from the old cedar
and I am face to face
with Haku Mountain
Thirty years
so many events
have come and gone
Now I let them all go
and sit in the stillness
and am still
— Muso Soseki (1275-1351)
May 03 2017

Originally there is no such thing as Buddha. But by necessity, a name was given to it. And originally there is no such thing as “Mind.” To attain enlightenment is to realize the “One Thing.” For the sake of illustration, it is said that the “One Thing” is empty. But it is not really empty. Mind of no-mind is the true mind; wisdom of no-wisdom is the true wisdom.

— Hyechol (785-861)
May 02 2017
One whose mind is
one with the sky-void steps
into a spring mist
and thinks to herself she might
in fact step out of this world.
— Saigyo (1118-1190)
 
 
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