Even if you can explain thousands of sutras and shastras, unless you see your own nature, yours is the teaching of a mortal, not a buddha. The true Way is sublime. Of what use are scriptures? Someone who sees his nature is a buddha. Everything he says is an expression of his mind.
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Everything that appears in the three realms leads back to the mind. Hence, Buddhas of the past and future teach mind-to-mind without bothering about definitions.
If I had no mind, how could I answer? If you had no mind, how could you ask? That which asks is your mind. To search for enlightenment or nirvana beyond this mind is impossible. Your mind is nirvana. Trying to find a Buddha or enlightenment is like trying to grab space.
Space has a name but no form. The Buddha is a product of your mind. Why look for a Buddha beyond this mind? Buddhas of the past and future only talk about this mind. The mind is the Buddha. And the Buddha is the mind. People, though, are deluded. To find a Buddha, you have to see your nature. Whoever sees his nature is a Buddha. Invoking Buddhas results in good karma. Keeping precepts results in a good rebirth.
And making offerings results in future blessings. But no Buddha. So, what is a Buddha? A Buddha is our own mind, awakened to its essential nature of emptiness. The path, if there is any, only goes inward.
Even if you meet the Buddha , what you can know of him is reflected and limited by your own mind. Without relying too much on precise definitions, the Buddhas teach mind-to-mind. So when the Buddhas teach, they always talk about the mind and nothing else. They create a Buddhafield, and whatever they say exists in that context. And what is that context? That a Buddha is one with an awakened mind.
That the awakened mind is the Buddha. But most of us are deceiving ourselves. Worse, we try to convince others of these lies. The world is empty. That is, the things we perceive with our senses have no persistence. They begin, change and end. Only space, awareness, time and emptiness itself persist.
Only they have real existence. Everything else is false. When we realize this, actually live it, we awaken to Buddhahood. Yes, exactly. In via positiva , the emphasis is on the content ; in via negativa , the emphasis is on the context. And he is not going to be free from the suffering in the three realms. According to Gautam Buddha, heaven, the earth, and hell, all three are nothing but different kinds of sufferings. Buddhism reaches to the highest peak, because even heaven is not considered to be the ultimate home.
It is still a suffering — very refined suffering, but suffering all the same. One has to be free from all three; then it is nirvana, then it is enlightenment. But the possibility [of attaining enlightenment without a Master] remains because it is your self-nature. In fact, there is no need at all of any master. If you are courageous enough to enter within yourself without bothering whether you are going to find something there or not , you will find it without the help of the master.
I just sat, not knowing what I was doing or what to expect. I simply persisted until something happened. It took 18 hours of meditation a day for 12 weeks. I did have the confidence that something was possible because I had contacted at least 2 or 3 Masters in my life. But there was no direct instruction, just directly going inside. But people cannot recognize, so I have remained unknown.
Really, Ronny is the only one to recognize. The transmission of enlightenment is the transmission of emptiness from one nothingness to another. Error: Please make sure the Twitter account is public. Blog at WordPress. Follow: RSS Twitter. Tags bodhidharma , buddha , emptiness , enlightenment , self-realization. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Buddha Datta permalink.
Bodhidharma’s Bloodstream Sermon
Everything that appears in the three realms leads back to the mind. Hence, Buddhas of the past and future teach mind-to-mind without bothering about definitions. If I had no mind, how could I answer? If you had no mind, how could you ask? That which asks is your mind. To search for enlightenment or nirvana beyond this mind is impossible. Your mind is nirvana.
Bodhi-dharma’s Bloodstream Sermon
Everything that appears in the three realms comes from the mind. Hence Buddhas of the past and future teach mind to mind without bothering about definitions. Bodhidharma: You ask. I answer.
The Zen teaching of Bodhidharma translated by Red Pine
Before him, Buddhism had already been introduced to China and had already been somewhat popular. Documents show the existence of Buddhist community in China as early as 65 AD. In China, Bodhidharma is also considered as an important figure in martial art. There is a saying that all martial arts originate from the Shaolin Temple and it was Bodhidharma who started teaching the Chinese monks external forms of yoga which evolved into martial arts.