difficult to discover your Buddha Mind
But just donít try to
search for it.
Cease accepting and rejecting possible
Where you think it can be found
And it will appear
Be warned! The slightest exercise of preference
Will open a
gulf as wide and deep
as the space between heaven and earth.
If you want to encounter your Buddha Mind
Donít have opinions
Opinions produce argument
is a disease of the mind.
Plunge into the depths.
Stillness is deep. Thereís nothing
profound in shallow waters.
The Buddha Mind is perfect and it
encompasses the universe.
It lacks nothing and has nothing in
If you think that you can choose between its
Youíll miss its very essence.
Donít cling to externals, the opposite things,
the things that
exist as relative.
Accept them all impartially
And you wonít
have to waste time in pointless choosing.
Judgments and discriminations block the flow
and stir the
They roil the mind that needs stillness and peace.
If you go from either-or, this and that,
or any of the
Youíll miss the whole, the One.
an opposite youíll be led astray,
away from the balancing center.
How can you hope to gain the One?
To decide what is, is to determine whatís not.
whatís not can occupy you
so that it becomes what is.
more you talk and think. the farther away you get.
and thinking and youíll find it everywhere.
If you let all things return to their source, thatís fine.
if you stop to think that this is your goal
And that this is what
success depends upon
And strive and strive instead of simply
You wonít be doing Zen.
The moment that you start
discriminating and preferring
you miss the mark.
real is a false view
which should also be abandoned.
go. Cease searching and choosing.
Decisions give rise to
and in confusion where can a mind go?
All the opposing pairs come from the One Great Buddha
Accept the pairs with gentle resignation.
Mind stays calm and still,
Keep your mind within it and nothing
can disturb you.
The harmless and the harmful cease to
Subjects when disengaged from their objects vanish
Just as surely as objects,
when disengaged from their
subjects, vanish too.
Each depends on the existence of the
Understand this duality and youíll see
that both issue
from the Void of the Absolute.
The Ground of all Being contains all the opposites.
One, all things originate.
What a waste of time to choose between
coarse and fine.
Since the Great Mind gives birth to all things,
Embrace them all and let your prejudices die.
To realize the Great Mind be neither hesitant nor eager.
you try to grasp it, youíll cling to air
and fall into the way of
Where is the Great Dao? Can you lay It down?
stay or go?
Is It not everywhere waiting for you
your nature with Its nature
and become as trouble free as It is?
Donít tire your mind by worrying about what is real
About what to accept and what to reject.
If you want to
know the One,
let your senses experience what comes your
But donít be swayed and donít involve yourself in what
The wise man acts without emotion
and seems not to be
acting at all.
The ignorant man lets his emotions get
The wise man knows that all things are part of the
The ignorant man sees differences everywhere.
All things are the same at their core
but clinging to one and
Is living in illusion.
A mind is not a fit
judge of itself.
It is prejudiced in its own favor or
It cannot see anything objectively.
Bodhi is far beyond all notions of good and evil,
the pairs of opposites.
Daydreams are illusions and flowers in
the sky never bloom.
They are figments of the imagination
not worth your consideration.
Profit and Loss, right and wrong,
coarse and fine.
Let them all go.
Stay awake. Keep your eyes
Your daydreams will disappear.
If you do not make
judgments, everything will be
exactly as it is supposed to be.
Deep is the Tathagataís wisdom,
Lofty and beyond all
This is the One to which all things return
you do not separate them,
keeping some and casting others
Where can you put them anyway?
All things are within the
There is no outside.
The Ultimate has no pattern, no duality,
and is never
Trust in this. Keep your faith strong.
When you lay
down all distinctions thereís nothing left
but Mind that is now
pure, that radiates wisdom,
and is never tired.
When Mind passes beyond discriminations
Thoughts and feelings
cannot plumb its depths.
The state is absolute and free.
is neither self nor other.
You will be aware only that you are
part of the One.
Everything is inside and nothing is outside.
All wise men everywhere understand this.
This knowledge is
beyond time, long or short,
This knowledge is eternal. It neither
is nor is not.
Everywhere is here and the smallest equals the
Space cannot confine anything.
The largest equals the
There are no boundaries, no within and without.
is and what is not are the same,
For what is not is equal to what
If you do not awaken to this truth,
do not worry yourself
Just believe that your Buddha Mind is not
That it accepts all without judgment.
thoughts to words and speeches or pretty plans
The eternal has no
present, past or