"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Not Zen

Talk of Zen is Not Zen

Not Zen

Talk of Zen is Not Zen
The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao.
I gained not one thing
from Absolute Awakening 
and that is why it is called
Absolute Awakening
Gautama Buddha
You cannot take hold of it, but you cannot lose it, In not being able to get, you get it.
When you are silent, it speaks; When you speak, it is silent. 
 Cheng-tao Ke
A special transmission outside the teachings; not depending on words or letters;
directly pointing to Mind; realizing one's True Nature and becoming Buddha.

Buddhas don't save Buddhas. If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won't see the Buddha.
As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you'll never see that your own mind is the Buddha.
Don't use a Buddha to worship a Buddha. And don't use the mind to invoke a Buddha.
Buddhas don't recite sutras. Buddhas don't keep precepts. And Buddhas don't break precepts.
Buddhas don't keep or break anything. Buddhas don't do good or evil.
To find a Buddha, you have to see your nature.

The Tao has nothing to do with discipline. If you say that it is attained by discipline,
when the discipline is perfected it can again be lost
(or finishing the discipline turns out to be losing the Tao).
... If you say that there is no discipline, this is to be the same as ordinary people.
This very earth is the lotus land of purity, And this very body is the body of Buddha.
Hakuin Ekaku

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