The Great Zen Master Ta Hui ~ 24

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event type discourse
date & time 26 Jul 1987 pm
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
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shorttitle TAHUI24
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutra
The inescapable
Whenever you run into something inescapable amidst the hubbub, you've been examining yourself constantly, but without applying the effort to meditate. This very inescapability itself is meditation: If you go further and apply effort to examine yourself, you're even further away.
Right when you're in something inescapable, do not bestir your mind and think of examining yourself. The patriarch said, "When discrimination doesn't arise, the light of emptiness shines by itself." Again, layman P'ang said:
In daily activities without discrimination,
I alone naturally harmonize.
Not grasping or rejecting anywhere,
Not going with or going against.
Who considers crimson and purple honorable?
There's not a speck of dust in the mountains.
Spiritual powers and wondrous functioning:
Hauling water and carrying firewood.
Just when you can't escape, suddenly you get rid of the cloth bag (of illusion) and without being aware of it you will be clapping your hands and laughing loudly.


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