this very mind is buddha

aigana gali, “meditator”


If you wish

to bring the two matters

of birth and death to conclusion,

and pass directly beyond the triple-world,

you must penetrate the koan “This

very mind is Buddha.”


Tell me:

What is its principle?

How is it that this very mind

is Buddha? And “this very

mind” — just what is

it like?


Investigate it coming. Investigate it going.

Investigate it thoroughly and exhaustively.

All you have to do is keep this koan

constantly in your thoughts.


Daito Kokushi

grasping at objects

all be gone tomorrow


Repeatedly undergoing

birth and death is just due to grasping

at objects. When we reflect back on the mind that

grasps at objects, we see that the real identity of mind

is originally pure. Within this purity, grasping mind

does not exist. Within nirvana, fundamentally

there are no thoughts moving; the

movement is ever still. Being

still, there is no



Records of the Lanka


marry yourself to the oneness

clark little


Can you

marry your spirit and

body to the oneness and

never depart

from it?


Can you

ride your breath until

your entire being is as supple

as the body of an



Can you cleanse

your inner vision until you

see heaven in every



Can you love

people and govern them

without conniving and



Can you bear

heaven’s children in all

that you do and



Can you give

the wisdom of your heart

precedence over the

learning of your



Giving birth,

nourishing life,

shaping things without

possessing them, serving without

expectation of reward, leading without

dominating: these are the profound

virtues of nature, and of nature’s

best beings.


from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 10


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