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    #5028 - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee The Nonduality Highlights http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights/ The Record of Linji Sangha
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      #5028 - Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      The Record of Linji
        Sangha Instruction
      Zen Master Linji (d. 866)
      Excerpted from The Record of Linji trans by Jeffrey Broughton 2013
      Stream enterers! It's none other than you; in your venue of activities, right in
      front of you, no different from that of the buddhas who are our patriarchs. You
      just don't have confidence in this, and so right away proceed to external seeking.
      Make no mistake! Externally there is no dharma; even the internal is ungraspable
      mentally. Rather than appropriating the words from my mouth, it would be better
      for you to give it a rest and have nothing-to-do. Thoughts that have already
      arisen—do not continue them. Thoughts that have not yet arisen—you must not let
      them get loose.
      It would do you more good than ten years' traveling on foot throughout the world
      trying to locate a teacher in order to seek the dharma and realization. According
      to my vision, there's no "yadda, yadda, yadda" to it. It's just a matter of being
      your usual self as in your daily activities. Put on your clothes, eat your food, and
      pass your time—not-a-thing-to-do.
      You who come from all over the place are all with-mind, seeking "the Buddha" and
      seeking "the dharma," seeking "liberation," seeking to "escape the three realms."
      Idiots! You want to "escape the three realms," but exactly what place do you think
      you're going to? The "buddhas" and "patriarchs" that you are seeking are only
      terms that bestow bondage. Do you want to know the "three realms?"
      They are not apart from the mind ground of you who are listening to the dharma
      right now. Your single moment of greed is the desire realm. Your single moment of
      anger is the form realm. Your single moment of stupidity is the formless realm.
      They are the furnishings that come with your house. "The three realms" won't say
      to you: "We are the three realms." In any case, it's you, the stream-enterer, right
      now before me, clearly casting your light on all things and sizing up the world, who
      does the attaching of names to the three realms.
      Students today fall short in their understanding because they consider names to be
      understanding. In great big books they transcribe the sayings of some old dead
      geezer, (some master without the eye), stacking them three layers deep, five layers
      deep, into their monk's traveling bags and not letting anyone else see them. They
      say, "This is the mysterious principle" and guard it as a secret treasure. Big
      mistake! Blind idiots! .
      Just what kind of juice do you hope to extract from such dried-up bones as these
      words of instruction from dead geezers, recorded in your great big books?
      There is a type of bad teacher who doesn't know good from bad. They conjecture
      and haggle over the teachings, fabricating interpretations of the phrasing. It is as
      if they hold clods in their mouths and spit them back out for other people. It's like
      commoners transmitting secret passwords and counter-passwords for identifying
      friend from foe—a whole life frittered away. .
      Even though bad teachers say the secret password, "I have left home," the moment
      they are asked about the "buddhadharma" which is not the expected
      counter-password, they right away clam up and have nothing whatsoever to say.
      Their eyes are like the blackened vent of a stove, and their silent mouths are like a
      shoulder pole sagging under a heavy load. Beings like this, even if they were to
      encounter the next buddha Maitreya as he emerges into the world, would fall into
      an Avici Hell.
      Venerables! You bustle along going to various regions—what are you looking for?
      The soles of your feet have gotten as wide as planks from tramping about traveling
      on foot far and wide in search of a teacher and realization. There is no "buddha"
      that ought to be sought; no "Way" that ought to be completed; no "dharma" that
      ought to be attained, nothing-to-do.
      Externally seeking for a "buddha" with characteristics, a nirmanakaya buddha
      adorned with thirty two characteristics or a buddha made of clay or wood, would
      not resemble you, the true buddha of your own mind/that one person. If you want
      to know your original mind, the true person, it's not something outside of you that
      you can join up with; nor is it something you can ever be apart from.
      Stream-enterers! The true buddha, everyone's dharmakaya buddha, has no form;
      the true Way has no substance; the true dharma has no characteristics. These
      three dharmas come fused together as the single, seamless place. Those who haven't
      been able to perceive the single, seamless place we call transmigrating sentient
      beings of confused karma-consciousness.
      Question: "What are the true buddha, the true dharma, and the true Way like?
      Please give us instruction."
      The Master said: "A 'buddha' is mind purity itself. The 'dharma' is mind-radiance
      itself. The 'Way' in every place is unobstructed radiance itself. The three are one,
      and they are all empty terms, without real existence. For the practitioner of
      beholding reality as it truly is, moment after moment the mind never breaks off
      from beholding reality as it truly is—twenty four hours a day peacefully dwelling
      in the state of the original portion.

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