Astus wrote:From the Mirror of Seon:
"Empty your mind and reflect with clarity. You must have faith in the fact that the causal arising of each thought is actually non-arising." (32)
With all respect to the author. If mind is empty, where is the "fact" kept? Either you have empty mind, or mind holding the fact that "that the causal arising of each thought is actually non-arising". The order should be reversed. First, have faith in the emptiness of thoughts, then, and only then, you will be able to empty your mind and reflect with clarity.
And here few words from Bodhidharma:
"A Buddha doesn't observe precepts. A Buddha doesn’t do good or evil. A Buddha isn't energetic or lazy. A Buddha is someone who does nothing, someone who can’t even focus his mind on a Buddha. A Buddha isn't a Buddha. Don’t think about Buddhas. If you dont see what I’m talking about, you’ll never know your own mind. People who don’t see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools."