February 27th, 2016

The field of boundless emptiness
Is what exists from the beginning.
You must purify, cure, grind down,
Or brush away all the tendencies
You have fabricated into
Apparent habits.
Then you can reside in the
Circle of brightness.
Utter emptiness has no image,
Upright independence does not
Rely on anything.
Just expand and illuminate
The original truth unconcerned
By external conditions.

Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091–1157)