“If you truly want to read the sutras, you first have to awaken the mind that does the reading. All formal readings from the sutras are ultimately destructive. The wonderful dharma of one’s mind does not change through successive eons; it is the essence of all the sutras. If you want to comprehend this essence, you should know that the voices of frogs and worms, the sound of wind and raindrops, all speak the wonderful language of the dharma and that birds in flight, swimming fish, floating clouds, and flowing streams all turn the dharma wheel. When you see the wordless sutra only once, the sutras of all the heavens with their golden words which fill one’s eyes clearly manifest. If you read the sutras with this kind of understanding, you will never be idle throughout endless eons. If you do not have this kind of understanding, you will spend your whole life covering the surface of black beans.*”
Many mistake mere formalized reading of the sutras as hearing the True Buddhadharma. When initiated as such it all falls on deaf ears, ears that are no more alive and aware than a rotting corpse in a charnel house. The essence of all sutras are recognized only through the ‘wonderful dharma of one’s mind’, the same Self-Mind recognition that is changeless and deathless. The sutras are then alive with the fragrance of True Suchness. This Suchness is not confined to mere words written on parchment that are no more real than squashed flies on paper. All the fowl of the air Sing the Great Wordless Dharma as much as Huike proclaiming IT with his arm dangling down in that blood-stained snow; read in such a manner the golden words of the sutrayana will blossom in innumerable Buddha-fields untold. Suddenly the blind man will pipe a tune that is not heard through surface chatter but only through the Mind of proper awakening. One first needs to be blind and immune from the infectious intoxication that blots the World’s eye in order to Clearly See the churning dharma-wheel of the Tathagatas. In the land of the living dead the Dharma-eyed one is King.
*Black beans signify words (Chinese characters written with brush and black ink). Hence the meaning: You will spend your life touching the surface of words without understanding their substance.–Braverman