they say there is a pure land

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They say there is

a pure land where everything

is only mind, and that there’s a buddha of light

in your own body. Once that buddha of light appears,

mountains, rivers, earth, grass, trees, and forests

suddenly glow with a great light.


To see this,

you have to look inside

your own heart. Then what should

you be looking out for? When you are looking

for something that is only mind, what kind of special

features would it have? When you are looking for

the buddha of infinite light in your own body,

how would you recognize it?


Inside your own heart.

Trees shine with a great light.



bring me the rhinoceros

the wise person sets an example

a lot can happen


When praise is

lavished upon the famous,

the people contend and compete with

one another. When exotic goods are traded

and treasured, the compulsion to steal is

felt. When desires are constantly

stimulated, people become

disturbed and




the wise person sets an example

by emptying her mind, opening her heart,

relaxing her ambitions, relinquishing her desires,

cultivating her character. Having conquered her

own cunning and cravings, she can’t

be manipulated by




by not-doing.

Act with non-action.

Allow order to arise

of itself.


from Tao te Ching, Chapter 3


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The speech of the birds

and the voices of the insects are all

the secret of transmitting mind; the brilliance

of the flowers and colors of the grasses

are all writings on seeing

the Way.


To learn, it is necessary

to have your higher potential clarified

thoroughly and your heart clear as crystal.

Then you will find understanding

of mind whatever you



Huanchu Daoren