October 29th, 2017

To practice the six paramitas
And a myriad similar methods
With the intention of attaining
Buddhahood thereby,
Is to try to advance by stages,
But the Buddha who has always existed
Is not a Buddha of stages.

Only awake to the Universal Mind
And realize that there is
Nothing whatever to be attained.
This is the real Buddha.
For the Buddha and all sentient beings
Are nothing but the Universal Buddha Mind.

Huang-po (d. 850)