The Great Zen Master Ta Hui ~ 08

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event type discourse
date & time 18 Jul 1987 pm
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
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shorttitle TAHUI08
Reader of the sutras: Ma Deva Anando.
The sutra
Enlightenment and delusion
"Buddha" is the medicine for sentient beings; once the disease of sentient beings is removed, the medicine has no further use.
If you want to attain oneness, just give up both Buddhas and sentient beings at once!
An ancient worthy said, "just perceive nothingness in the midst of things."
"I formed the repository of thusness with subtle illumination that is neither destroyed nor born; and the repository of thusness is only the illumination of sublime enlightenment shining throughout the whole cosmos."
Nevertheless, both are ultimately empty falsehoods. If one abandons the power of actions to grasp the power of the path, then I would say that this person does not understand the skill in means of all the Buddhas in expounding the truth as is appropriate to the occasion. Why? Have you not read how old Shakyamuni said, "If you cling to the truth aspect, you are attached to self, personality, living beings, and life; if you cling to the non-truth aspect, you are attached to self, personality, living beings, and life." Thus it is said, "The Buddha only uses provisional terms in guiding sentient beings."
As soon as the source of the sickness was pointed out to him by an old adept, Chang Ch'o, the famous scholar in the old days understood enough to say: Trying to eliminate passion aggravates the disease; rushing towards true suchness is also wrong. There is no obstruction in worldly circumstances according to one's lot: "Nirvana" and "birth and death" are equally illusions.
Be like the stillness of water, like the clarity of a mirror, so that whether good or bad, beautiful or ugly approach, you don't make the slightest move to avoid them. Then you will truly know that the mindless world of spontaneity is inconceivable.


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