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There is a trigger… Part 3

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Re: There is a trigger… Part 3

Postby chankin1937 on Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:32 pm

Hello Deci Belle,
I was going to criticise your post but came across this quote He says what you are trying to say far more succinctly:

The Zen Teachings of Huang Po : On the Transmission of Mind (1958) by John Blofeld,

Huángbò Xīyùn was an influential Chinese master of Zen Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty.
( He is talking about his specialist subject - meditation.)
If you students of the Way wish to become Buddhas, you need study no doctrines whatever, but learn only how to avoid seeking for and attaching yourselves to anything.
and
The One Mind alone is the Buddha, and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking they lose it, for that is using the Buddha to seek for the Buddha and using mind to grasp Mind. Even though they do their utmost for a full aeon, they will not be able to attain it. They do not know that, if they put a stop to conceptual thought and forget their anxiety, the Buddha will appear before them, for this Mind is the Buddha and the Buddha is all living beings. It is not the less for being manifested in ordinary beings, nor is it greater for being manifest in the Buddhas.
If you wish to understand, know that a sudden comprehension comes when the mind has been purged of all the clutter of conceptual and discriminatory thought-activity. Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it. Not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the the right road to the Gate..
p. 80

There you have it in plain English

Colin
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Re: There is a trigger… Part 3

Postby macdougdoug on Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:30 pm

Hello Colin,
Please who is the translator of your book?
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Re: There is a trigger… Part 3

Postby chankin1937 on Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:45 am

macdougdoug asked: Please, who is the translator of your book?


Hello Macdougdoug,
It’s not a book I possess. I probably picked up the quote in Wikipedia.
Could it be the author himself?
I doubt there is anything wrong with the translation because it reiterates advice given by many other Zen Masters.
I know for a fact that the advice is good.
Colin
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Re: There is a trigger… Part 3

Postby fukasetsu on Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:32 am

How it is pictured is never how it really is Colin.
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