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|by Seng-Tsan, the third Zen patriarch.
(not directly from The Buddha, Gautama Siddhartha, but nevertheless applicable for those who follow The Path.)
(translated by Richard B. Clarke)
The Great Way is not difficult
When love and hate are both absent
Make the smallest distinction however
If you wish to see the truth
To set up what you like against what
When the deep meaning of things is not understood
The Way is perfect like vast space
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
Be serene in the oneness of things and such
When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other
|Those who do not live in the single
fail in both activity and passivity,
assertion and denial.
To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality;
The more you talk and think about it,
Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you
To return to the root is to find the meaning,
At the moment of inner enlightenment there is
The changes that appear to occur in the empty world
Do not search for the truth;
Do not remain in the dualistic state.
Avoid such pursuits carefully.
If there is even a trace of this and that,
Although all dualities come from the One,
|When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way,
nothing in the world can offend,
and when a thing can no longer offend,
it ceases to exist in the old way.
|When no discriminating thoughts arise,
the old mind ceases to exist.
When thought objects vanish,
Things are objects because of the subject (mind);
Understand the relativity of these two and the
In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable
If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine
|To live in the Great Way is neither easy nor
but those with limited views are fearful and irresolute:
the faster they hurry, the slower they go,
and clinging (attachment) cannot be limited:
even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment
is to go astray.
Just let things be in their own way and
|Obey the nature of things (your own nature),
and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden,
What benefit can be derived
|If you wish to move in the One Way
do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
Indeed, to accept them fully is identical
The wise man strives to no goals
There is one Dharma, not many; distinctions arise
To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind
|Rest and unrest derive from passion;
with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
All dualities come from ignorant inference.
They are like dreams or flowers in the air:
Gain and loss, right and wrong:
|If the eye never sleeps,
all dreams will naturally cease.
If the mind makes no discriminations,
To understand the mystery of this One essence
When all things are seen equally
No comparisons or analogies are possible
|Consider movement stationary
and the stationary in motion,
both movement and rest disappear.
When such dualities cease to exist
To this ultimate finality
|For the unified mind is accord with the Way
All self-centered striving ceases.
Doubts and irresolutions vanish
With a single stroke we are free from bondage;
All is empty, clear, self-illuminating,
Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and
In this world of Suchness
|To come directly into harmony with this reality
just simply say when doubt arises, "Not two."
In this "not two" nothing is separate,
No matter when or where,
And this truth is beyond extension or
|Emptiness here, Emptiness there,
but the infinite universe stands
always before your eyes.
Infinitely large and infinitely small;
So too with Being and non-Being.
Don't waste time in doubts and arguments
|One thing, all things:
move among and intermingle,
To live in this realization
To live in this faith is the road to non-duality.
Because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.
The Way is beyond language,
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