Look within!... The secret is inside you.

— Huineng

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To meditate means to realize inwardly the imperturbability of the Essence of Mind. The reason why we are perturbed is because we allow ourselves to be carried away by the circumstances we are in. Those who are able to keep their mind unperturbed, irrespective of circumstances, have attained Inner Peace.


When our mind works freely without any hindrance, and is at liberty to 'come' or to 'go', we attain Samadhi of Prajna, or liberation. Such a state is called the function of 'thoughtlessness'. But to refrain from thinking of anything, so that all thoughts are suppressed, is to be Dharma-ridden, and this is an erroneous view.


Confused by thoughts, we experience duality in life.

Unencumbered by ideas, the enlightened see the one Reality.


Truth has nothing to do with words. Truth can be likened to the bright moon in the sky. Words, in this case, can be likened to a finger. The finger can point to the moon's location. However, the finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger, right?


By amending our mistakes, we get wisdom. By defending our faults, we betray an unsound mind.


The meaning of life is to see.


The complete teachings of all Buddhas - past, present, and future - are to be found within the essence of every human being.


As one lamp serves to dispel a thousand years of darkness, so one flash of wisdom destroys ten thousand years of ignorance.


Zazen is seated meditation-the opposite of contemplation-the emptying of the mind of all thoughts in order simply to be. In the midst of all evil, not a thought is aroused in the mind-this is called za. Seeing into one's Self-nature, not being moved at all-this is called Zen.


To be bigoted & argue with others, is to subject one's essence of mind to the bitterness of mundane existence.


There is no Bodhi tree, Nor stand of a mirror bright.

Since all is void, Where can the dust alight


The capacity of the mind is broad and huge, like the vast sky.

Do not sit with a mind fixed on emptiness. If you do, you will fall into a neutral kind of emptiness. Emptiness includes the sun, moon, stars, and planets, the great earth, mountains and rivers, all trees and grasses, bad people and good people, bad things and good things, heaven and hell; they are all in the midst of emptiness. The emptiness of human nature is also like this.


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A finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger.

Words points at the truth, but the truth is not in words.


The secret is within your self.


Within our impure mind the pure one is to be found.


Before you think good or evil, who are you?


Good friends, how then are meditation and wisdom alike? They are like the lamp and the light it gives forth. If there is a lamp there is light; if there is no lamp there is no light. The lamp is the substance of light; the light is the function of the lamp. Thus, although they have two names, in substance they are not two. Meditation and wisdom are also like this.


It is your minds that are moving.


Sit all together in meditation. Become peacefully calm and quiet, without motion, without stillness, without birth, without destruction, without coming or going, with no judgments of right or wrong, neither staying nor going. This, then, is the Great Way.


Words are not truth. Truth is like the moon, and words are like my finger. I can point to the moon with my finger, but my finger is not the moon. Do you need my finger to see the moon?


The truth is to be lived, not just mouthed.


Our Essence of Mind is intrinsically pure, and if we knew our mind and realized what our nature is, all of us would attain Buddhahood.


Since in reality all is void, Whereon can the dust fall?


Because wisdom is innate, we can all enlighten ourselves.