The Great Zen Master Ta Hui ~ 09

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event type discourse
date & time 19 Jul 1987 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 7min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle TAHUI09
Reader of the sutras: Ma Deva Anando.
The sutra
The great affair
This affair is like the bright sun in the blue sky, shining clearly, changeless and motionless, without diminishing or increasing. It shines everywhere in the daily activities of everyone, appearing in everything. Though you try to grasp it, you cannot get it; though you try to abandon it, it always remains. It is vast and unobstructed, utterly empty. Like a gourd floating on water, it cannot be reined in or held down. Since ancient times, when good people of the path have attained this, they've appeared and disappeared in the sea of birth and death, able to use it fully. There is no deficit or surplus: like cutting up sandalwood, each piece is it.
Since there is no place to locate it, buddha is illusion and dharma is illusion: the three worlds, twenty-five states of being, the sense organs, sense objects, and consciousness are utterly empty. When you get to this realm, there's no place to put even the word 'buddha'; if even the word 'buddha' has no applicability, where is there true thusness, buddha-nature, enlightenment or nirvana? Thus the great being Fu said, "fearing that people will give rise to a view of annihilation, we provisionally establish empty names."


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