Lotus_Bitch wrote:It reminds me of the Heart Sutra or the Diamond Sutra when I read that. Have you thought about posing this question to one of teachers over on zenforuminternational? I think it will be helpful to pose the question there: http://www.zenforuminternational.org/viewforum.php?f=32&sid=e61f66fc505278d22e88ac0cc7cddbc5
Johnny Dangerous wrote:Don't know about specific Rinzai teaching, but this is basic to all Buddhism that i'm aware of.
I think the idea is that clinging to hope of a result, or fear of failure can only lead to more discursive thought, and not to progress on the path. So it is an instruction to give up lofty goals and expectations, and to just practice.
"If you want to be no different from the patriarchs and buddhas, then never look for something outside yourselves. The clean pure light in a moment of your mind--that is the Essence-body of the Buddha lodged in you. The undifferentiated light in a moment of your mind~that is the Bliss-body of the Buddha lodged in you. The undiscriminating light in a moment of your mind--that is the Transformtion-body of the Buddha lodged in you. These three types of bodies are you, the person who stands before me now listening to this lecture on the Dharma! And simply because you do not rush around seeking anything outside yourselves, you can command these fine faculties.
Someone asked, "What was Bodhidharma's purpose in coming from the west?" The Master said, "If he had had a purpose, he wouldn't have been able to save even himself!"The questioner said, "If he had no purpose, then how did the Second Patriarch manage to get the Dharma?" The Master said, "Getting means not getting." "If it means not getting," said the questioner, "then what do you mean by not getting?"
The Master said, "You can't seem to stop your mind from racing around everywhere seeking something. That's why the patriarch said, 'Hopeless fellows--using their heads to look for their heads!' You must right now turn your light around and shine it on yourselves, not go seeking somewhere else. Then you will understand that in body and mind you are no different
from the patriarchs and the buddhas, and that there is nothing to do. Do that and you may speak of'getting the Dharma.'
Followers of the Way, do you want to attain this Dharma? Then it is indeed necessary to become a man who has nothing further to seek. Weakness and complacency make one incapable ot it, just as thin butter milk cannot be kept in a cracked pot.
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