Saturday 28 June 2014

Daily Zen

You may call it "mind," or "Buddha," or "sentient being." Yet you should neither become attached to the names nor make distinctions or understandings. The essence of things is just like this. If even one thought appears, that is already a mistake.

Sutra teachings rely on words such as these three names (mind, Buddha, sentient being) to express the one thing. Zen meditation teaches that you must not become attached to any words or speech.

Picking it up or putting it down. Creating or destroying. These are the actions of a Free Person who is without any hindrance.

The selection above demonstrates how Buddhas and Patriarchs have freely used myriad expedient means to convey their teachings.

- So Sahn (1520-1604)

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