Bankei wrote: The unborn mind of the Buddhas that all people
receive from their parents when they're born is wonderfully
bright and illuminating.No one—and that includes all of
you—is ever separated from it.This absentmindedness of
yours is the same. Your mind's not really somewhere else. It's
only that you haven't learned about the Buddha-mind, so
instead of just dwelling in it, you change it into various other
things. Then even though you listen to things, you can't really
take them in—you don't really hear them. You're not absentminded,
what you're doing is making the Buddha-mind into
these other things.
Linji wrote:As to my own actualization these days, it is truly creative and destructive. I play about with miraculous transformations,entering all circumstances, and wherever I am, I have nothing further to seek.
Circumstances could not change me. If students come to seek, I go out to look at them. They do not see me, so I put on all kinds of robes. The students at once start speculating about them, taken in by my words.
It is all very sad.
Blind shaven ones, men who have no eyes, they lay hold of the robes I am wearing — green, yellow, red or white. When I take those off and put on the robe of purity, the students cast one glance and are beside themselves with joy. And when I take it off, they are disappointed and shocked, run about frantically and complain that I go naked.
So I say to them: "Do you at all know me who puts on all these robes?"And suddenly they turn their heads and recognize me.
Successive thoughts do not stop; prior thoughts, present thoughts, and future thoughts follow one after the other without cessation. If one instant of thought is cut off, the Dharma body separates from the physical body, and in the midst of successive thoughts there will be no place for attachment to anything. If one instant of thought clings, then successive thoughts cling; this is known as being fettered. If in all things successive thoughts do not cling, then you are unfettered. There- fore, non-abiding is made the basis.
To be unstained in all environments is called no-thought. If on the basis of your own thoughts you separate from environment, then, in regard to things, thoughts are not produced. If you stop thinking of the myriad things, and cast aside all thoughts, as soon as one instant of thought is cut off, you will be reborn in another realm.
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