the one matter of importance

 

People’s intellect and knowledge are like the light of a lamp. If that light is mistakenly used outside, in a contentious and aggressive manner, aiming for name and gain, scheming and conniving day and night, thinking a thousand thoughts, imagining ten thousand imaginings, chasing artificial objects and losing the original source, light on the outside but dark inside, this will go on until the body is injured and life is lost.

If people give up artificiality and return to the real, dismiss intellectuality and cleverness, consider essential life the one matter of importance, practice inner awareness, refine the self and master the mind, observe all things with detachment so all that exists is empty of absoluteness, are not moved by external things and are not influenced by sensory experiences, being light inside and dark outside, they can thereby aspire to wisdom and become enlightened.

Light that does not dazzle progresses to lofty illumination; therefore a classic says, “The great sage appears ignorant, the great adept seems inept.”

 

Liu I-Ming

mind like clear blue sky


 

Make your mind 

like the clear blue sky at dawn,

unmarked by any message from man 

or heaven. Continually stoking the

 fire of emptiness with the breath, 

you instantly incinerate 

whatever appears.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 36

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hexagram 63 ☯️ chi chi / after completion

 

Good fortune unfolds for those who

remain on guard against

inferior influences.

 

This hexagram indicates that the movement from chaos to order is complete. The 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.

…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.
 

from The I Ching, or Book of Changes

Hexagram 63 / Chi Chi (After Completion)

 

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buddha and self are one and the same

 

There is no

difference between your

body and the body of the buddha.

If ignorance exists, seeds

of realization are

sown in it.

 

Seeing

yourself in the master and

the master in yourself, you sense reality.

Understanding that all worldly phenomena

and the one reality are interwoven

and inseparable, you begin to

experience peace and

comfort.

 

Carrying on,

continuing with concentration,

you illuminate your own buddha nature

from within, and then, seeing that nothing

is apart from it, become free

and peaceful in all

you do.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 8

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