The Great Zen Master Ta Hui ~ 17

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event type discourse
date & time 23 Jul 1987 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
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shorttitle TAHUI17
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutra
Don't consciously await enlightenment
Whether you're happy or angry, in quiet or noisy places, you still must bring up Chao Chou's saying, "A dog has no Buddha-nature." Above all, don't consciously await enlightenment. If you consciously await enlightenment, you're saying, "Right now I'm deluded." If you wait for enlightenment, clinging to delusion, though you pass through countless eons you will still not be able to gain enlightenment. As you bring up the saying, just arouse your spirit, and see what principle it is.
Constantly take the two concerns -- not knowing where we come from at birth and not knowing where we go at death -- and stick them on the point of your nose. Whether eating or drinking, whether in quiet or noisy places, you should make scrupulous efforts from moment to moment -- always as if you owed someone millions with no way out, your heart sorely troubled, with no opening to escape.
Searching for birth, it cannot be found; searching for death it cannot be found -- at such a moment, the roads of good and evil are immediately cut off.
Haven't you read how in the old days, master Tzu Hu said, "The patriarch's coming from the West only means that winter is cold and summer is hot, night is dark and day is light." It's just that you vainly set up meaning where there is no meaning, create concern where there is no concern, impose "inside" and "outside" where there is no inside or outside, and talk endlessly of this and that, where nothing exists.
"No speech is true speech, and no hearing is true hearing." Thus I am you and you are me: We are not two, you and I, because there's no duality, no distinction, and no separation.


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