NETI NETI! Taibai once asked Baso, "What is Buddha?" Baso answered, "Mind is Buddha." Mumon's poem A fine day under the blue sky! Don't foolishly look here and there. If you still ask, "What is buddha?" It is like pleading your innocence while clutching stolen goods.
THE THREE BASKETS Master Tozan said, "The entire Tripitaka can be expressed in one character." Another Master, Hakuun, elaborated Tozan's statement with a poem: Each stroke is clear though hard to read, Gautama failed to write it many times. So why not give the task to Mr. Wang? Perhaps he'll do it, after all. Tripitaka … Continue reading The truth cannot be written, read, or spoken—only lived
The speech (or writing) of the transcendent lords (Perfect Teachers, Master or Buddhas) issues forth endowed with sixty aspects. It is kindly, gentle, beautiful, appealing, pure, and so forth at length. It is "kindly" because it encourages the roots of virtue of the beings. It is "gentle" because its encounter brings immediate happiness. It is … Continue reading Sixty aspects of the infinite and inconceivable speech of the Perfect Teacher
ON THE PERFECTION OF TEACHING The teaching of supremely enlightened beings comes from scripture, realization, and mastery. It issues forth from the mouth, from all forms, and from space. "From mastery" refers to the teaching of those who have entered the great stages of perfect enlightenment. "From all forms" refers to teachings issuing forth even … Continue reading The Perfect Teacher