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Monday, August 15, 2011

But how can beholding the mind be called understanding?


















The Sutra of Ten Stages says, "In the body of mortals is the indestructible buddha-nature. Like the sun, its light fills endless space, but once veiled by the dark clouds of the five shades, it's like a light inside a jar, hidden from view." And the Nirvana Sutra says, "All mortals have the buddha-nature. But it's covered over by darkness from which they can't escape. Our buddha-nature is awareness: to be aware and to make others aware. To realize awareness is liberation." Everything good has awareness for its root. And from this root of awareness grow the tree of all virtues and the fruit of nirvana. Beholding the mind like this is understanding...from The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, translated by Red Pine, pg. 79







 








Also check out these Chan sites of interest:
 

2. How to chan meditate:
 
3. Master Sheng Yen in Facebook

4. The Western Chan Fellowship at http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/




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