Monday, November 29, 2004

How to be enlightened:

I want to share this excerpt.

From the Zen Teaching of Huang Po, the Wan Ling Record #26:

Were you now to practice keeping your minds motionless at all times,
whether walking, standing, sitting or lying; concentrating entirely
upon the goal of no thought-creation, no duality, no reliance on
others and no attachments; just allowing all things to take their
course the whole day long, as though you were too ill to bother;
unknown to the world; innocent of any urge to be known or unknown to
others; with your minds like blocks of stone that mend no holes—then
all the Dharmas (laws of existence or universal laws) would
penetrate your understanding through and through. In a little while
you would find yourselves firmly unattached. Thus, for the first
time in your lives, you would discover your reactions to phenomena
decreasing and, ultimately, you would pass beyond the Triple World;
and people would say that a Buddha had appeared in the world. Pure
and passionless knowledge implies putting an end to the ceaseless
flow of thoughts and images, for in that way you stop creating the
karma that leads to rebirth—whether as gods or men or as sufferers
in hell.


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