I just wanted to share this portion of the book, I have truly enjoyed reading this book.. but at times I have wondered if they are actually discussing anything at all, and then wham. Enjoy!
Zen master Baoji of Panshan said, "The mind moon is alone and full. Its light swallows myriad forms. Moonlight does not illuminate objects. Objects do not exist. Light and objects both disappear. What is this?
What is said here is that Buddha ancestors and Buddha heirs always have the mind moon, because they make moon their mind. There is no mind which is not moon, and there is no moon which is not mind.
Alone and full, means nothing lacking. Beyond two or three is called myriad forms. Myriad forms are moonlight, not merely forms. Accordingly its light swallows myriad forms, myriad forms completely swallow moonlight. Here moonlight swallowing moonlight is called "Its light swallows myriad forms." That is to say, the moon swallows the moon, the moon-light swallows the moon. Therefore it is said, "Moonlight does not illuminate objects. Objects do not exist."
Since this is so, at the moment of awakening others with a Buddha body, a Buddha body comes forth and expounds Dharma; at the moment of awakening others with the boundless body, the boundless body manifests and expounds Dharma. This is nothing but turning the Dharma wheel within the moon. No matter whether the yin spirit or the yang spirit illuminates--no matter whether the moon is a fire jewel or water jewel, it is immediately actualized.
This mind is the moon. This moon is itself mind. This is penetrating and comprehending the mind of Buddha ancestors and Buddha heirs.
An ancient Buddha said, "A single mind is all things. All things are a single mind."
Thus, mind is all things, all things are mind. Since mind is the moon, the moon is the moon. Since mind which is all things is completely moon, the all-inclusive world is the all-inclusive moon; entire body is entire moon.
Amid the "before and after, three-tree" in the myriad years of a moment-- which of these is not the moon? Sun-face Buddha, moon-face Buddha -- our body, mind and environment are also within the moon.
The coming and going of birth and death is also the moon. The entire world in the ten direction is the up and down, the left and right of the moon. Everyday activity at this moment is hundreds of grasses brilliant in the moon, the mind of ancestors brilliant in the moon.
"We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know." - Albert Einstein
"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?"