The Great Zen Master Ta Hui ~ 14

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event type discourse
date & time 21 Jul 1987 pm
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
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shorttitle TAHUI14
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutras
Profound clarity
I am giving you the name Chan-Jan, "profound clarity." A patriarch said, "As long as there is mental discrimination, and calculating judgment, all the perceptions of one's own mind are dreams. If mind and consciousness are quiescent and extinct, without a single thought stirring, this is called correct awareness."
These days there's a kind of phony, whose own standpoint is not genuine: They just teach people to control their minds and sit quietly, to sit to the point where the breath ceases. I call this lot pitiable. I'm asking you to meditate in just this way, but though I instruct you like this, it's just that there's no other choice....
Beginners' disease
Buddhist disciple Ch'en, you have realized that personal existence is false, and that things are illusory. Amidst illusory falsehood you were able to contemplate the saying "a dog has no Buddha-nature" -- you sent me a letter expressing your understanding. Though in the main your basis is already correct, you are not yet clear about the great dharma -- this is a common disease of beginners entering the path.
Old Shakyamuni Buddha said, "This way is all right, and not this way is all right too; this way or not this way, it's all all right." Just get the root, don't worry about the branches. Over a long long time it will sink in thoroughly: Don't worry that you won't attain oneness. Work on it!


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