that the buddha
is your own mind and
there is nothing needing to
be achieved nor any idea
that must be thought –
this is the Great
Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
your mind, following
your breath, simplifying your
life, you reduce agitation
and worry with
pervades your existence,
the subtle universe appears.
Then you can go anywhere
you like and give
has no difficulties — just
avoid picking and choosing. Don’t
hate or love and be lucid and clear.
When there’s the slightest
distinction, it’s as far
apart as heaven
My words are
very easy to understand,
very easy to put into practice.
But your mind cannot understand
them, and if it tries to
wield them, it
have their ruler.
Events have their origins.
People who can’t understand
this can’t understand
who do are few.
They wear coarse cloth
and carry jade in
is through emptiness.
forget the body, abandon
concepts and control and contention.
Transform the mind into a pile of cool ashes,
and then do not-doing until stillness
way you can be
illuminated by the clarity
and silence of the
is a form of divine law,
your reasonable father. When you
feel ungrateful to him, the shapes of the world
seem mean and ugly. Make peace with that
father, the elegant patterning, and
every experience will fill
decide what work,
what study, to begin next,
among the several possible. If there
is no spirit, no soul, no divine dimension or value,
then whatever we do is just killing time, meaningless and idle.
On the other hand, if God and the mystery of spirit overlap with this
time and place in simultaneous layering, then anything we work
on performs eternity and is the very motion of mystery.
Each gesture and word and idea appears in this
moment’s presence and in the other
as well. This is a great truth
a particular action
leads toward a future heaven or
hell is not worth considering. Even when you
will die is not important. Eternity creates itself at this point.
This moment is where you grow nearer and nearer God.
Time and the infinite curl together in every nick,
touch, taw, tine, and root fiber. Here and
now is where you can be shown
the miracle of what
is nothing in the world
that does not have both true and
false versions. Practice of the Way may
also be true or false, so students
should first distinguish
practice is total
sincerity. It is not a matter
of avoiding the world or leaving
society. And neither does it depend
entirely on deliberate sitting and reciting
scriptures. The essential thing is to refine
away the false with the true to filter
out the true from the false. Only
then do you attain the true
reality of perfect
live for your
senses. Close your mouth,
close all the body’s openings, reside
in the original unity. In this
way you can pass your
life in peace and
increase your activities,
start making distinctions
between things, and you’ll
toil forever without
In olden times the people of great enlightenment did not pay attention to trivial matters and did not aspire to the shallow and easily accessible. They aroused their determination to transcend the buddhas and patriarchs. They wanted to bear the heavy responsibility that no one can fully take up, to rescue all living beings, to remove suffering and bring peace, to smash the ignorance and blindness that obstructs the Way. They wanted to break the poisonous arrows of ignorant folly and extract the thorns of arbitrary views from the eye of reality. They wanted to make the scenery of the fundamental ground clear and reveal the original face before the empty aeon.
You should train your mind and value actual practice wholeheartedly, exerting all your power, not shrinking from the cold or the heat. Go to the spot where you meditate and kill your mental monkey and slay your intellectual horse. Make yourself like a dead tree, like a withered stump.
Suddenly you penetrate through — how could it be attained from anyone else? You discover the hidden treasure, you light the lamp in the dark room, you launch the boat across the center of the ford. You experience great liberation, and without producing a single thought, you immediately attain true awakening. Having passed through the gate into the inner truth, you ascend to the site of universal light. Then you sit in the impeccably pure supreme seat of the emptiness of all things.
Moving into action as an enlightened teacher, with rolling waves in the ocean of speech, you unleash the skills of unobstructed understanding and eloquence. With chosen pupils you set up a situation or utter a saying to reveal extraordinary perceptions. You cause all beings, whether ordinary or sage, whether sentient or insentient, to look up to the awesome light and receive its protection.
But this is not yet the stage of effortless achievement. You must go further beyond, to where the thousand sages cannot trap you, the myriad conscious beings have no way to look up to you, the gods have no way to offer you flowers, and the demons and outsiders cannot spy on you. You must cast off knowledge and views, discard mysteries and marvels, and abandon all contrived actions. You simply eat when hungry and drink when thirsty, and that’s all.
At this stage you are never aware of having mind or not not having mind, of gaining mindfulness or losing mindfulness. So how could you still be attached to what you have previously learned and understood, to “mysteries” and “marvels” and analyses of essential nature, to the fetters of names and forms and arbitrary opinions? How could you still be attached to views of “Buddha” and views of “Dharma” or to earth-shaking worldly knowledge and intellect? You would be tying and binding yourself.
will only pass
through to freedom
when you cease and desist
to the point that not even a single
thought is born. Then you penetrate
through without falling into sense
and matter and without dwelling
who wish to
embody the Tao
should embrace all things.
To embrace all things means first
that one holds no anger or resistance
toward any idea or thing, living or
dead, formed or formless.
Acceptance is the very
essence of the
all things means also that one
rids oneself of any concept of separation;
male and female, self and other, life
and death. Division is contrary
to the nature of
antagonism and separation,
one enters into the harmonious
oneness of all
to fullness is not
as good as stopping at the
right moment. Over-sharpening
a blade causes its edge to be lost.
Line your home with treasures
and you won’t be able
positions, display your pride:
Soon enough disaster
drives you to your
the way of heaven:
do your work, then
though you are
here to enjoy
This hexagram indicates that the movement from chaos to order is complete. This time is extremely favorable and you are likely to enjoy much success as long as you heed the warning of Chi Chi: remain on guard against incorrect thoughts, attitudes, and actions, both in yourself and in others.
We arrive in beneficial situations by following the path of correct conduct. When we have achieved success or are close to it, it is in our nature to want to relax and allow the ego to bask in glory. If you revert to this sort of carelessness now you will undo all that you have worked to build. It is important not to become indifferent to spiritual details at this time: if a thought or action even borders on incorrectness, discard it and return to the path of the Sage immediately. One minute we dip our toe in incorrectness, the next minute we are swimming in it, and the next we drown. Therefore it is wiser to simply keep our toes dry in the first place.
You are also counseled to remain alert to inferior influences in others. You can only prevent misfortunes by anticipating them in advance, and this is achieved through watchfulness.
The image of Chi Chi is that of a kettle of water boiling over a fire. There is great power here, but it is lost if one allows the water to boil over or evaporate through carelessness and indifference. Alertness and conscientious adherence to what is correct are called for if you wish to prolong your good fortune now.