Lunhui: Where do thoughts originate? Niepan: Their origin is no-origin; their destination is no-destination. That's not just the case for thoughts, but for everything. If you can set aside the idea of beginnings and endings, then you're free. Commentary All these little chats between Niepan and Lunhui are fictional. Lunhui is samsara, and Niepan is … Continue reading No-Origin, No-Destination
Time has no hold over what is true. That's the basic teaching. Buddhadharma asks us to set aside fleeting and fairweather truths, and to turn around and look at what remains when we're no longer grasping at a single thing. During meditation, if something's marked by dissatisfaction, we forget it. If something's marked by impermanence, … Continue reading Timeless Truth
Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Doubts are completely used up,Helpful trust continuously harmonizes. There is nothing to keep,Nothing to reflect upon. Bright emptiness naturally shines,And the mind is effortless. There is nothing to consider,For it's beyond judgments and senses. As for the true Suchness of things,There is no self and no other.To … Continue reading Hsin Hsin Ming Part 7 (With Commentary)
It's the, "No biggie," mind. The, "Come what may," mind. The, "It don't mind," mind. And it encompasses everything without being hindered by anything.
One of our ancient cats is nearing the end. She's starting to frail---losing weight and having digestive issues. She's also totally blind, but that's nothing new. She used to get around pretty good, but she gets turned around a lot these days. When she's in an open space---without anything to bump into for direction---she starts … Continue reading Open Eyes
There's a thrilling terror to practice at times. You get to a point where it seems like there's just one more step. You don't have to take that step, but if you don't, you'll stay in limbo indefinitely.
The Great Wisdom of the Heart-Mind Sutra The Bodhisattva Guanyin Was traveling freely and deeply through Prajna Paramita,Illuminating the Five Aggregates, each was seen as empty,And Guanyin was ferried across the sea of duality, suffering, and hardship.O Shariptura, Appearance is not different from emptiness, Emptiness is not different from appearance; At present, appearance is emptiness,At … Continue reading The Heart Sutra: New Translation & Commentary