Archive for November, 2012

The Great Equalizer

Twenty-three: The Great Equalizer “Furthermore, Subhuti, the dharma called Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi is at one with everything else. Nothing in it is at variance with anything else. That is why it is called perfect, unexcelled awakening. It is self-idential through the absence of an ego, a person, a being, or a living soul, and that is why it is fully known as the totality of all the wholesome dharmas. And yet, Subhuti, do dharmas have been taught by the Tathagata. Such is merely a name. Read more [...]

No-attainment Revisited

Twenty-two: No-attainment Revisited Subhūti said to the Buddha: "World Honored One. When the Tathagatas attain *peerless perfect enlightenment, is it the case that actually nothing is attained?" "Exactly right. Subhūti, as far as peerless perfect enlightenment is concerned, I have not attained the slightest thing. This is why it is called peerless perfect enlightenment." * Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi A reinforcement of section seven that the Tathagatas attain nothing; indeed, they Read more [...]

No Dharma is the Dharma

Twenty-one: No Dharma is the Dharma The Buddha asked, “What do you think, Subhuti? Does the Tathagata think, “I have taught the Dharma’? Subhuti, whoever says that the Tathagata thinks this way slanders the Tathagata; he would misrepresent me by seizing on what is not there. Why? The Tathagata has taught that in the teaching of the Dharma there is no Dharma that can be pointed to as Dharma. Such is merely a name. That is why it is called the teaching of Dharma.” Subhuti asked, “Blessed Read more [...]

No form, No appearance

Twenty: No form, No appearance “What do you think, Subhuti? Can the Tathagata be seen by means of his perfectly formed body?” Subhuti said, “No, Blessed One. As I understand it, the Tathagata is not to be seen by means of his perfectly formed body. Why? Because the Tathagata has taught that what is called a perfectly formed body is not a perfectly formed body. Such is merely a name. Therefore it is called a perfectly formed body.” The Buddha asked further, “What do you think, Read more [...]

The merit of no merit

Nineteen: the merit of no merit “What do you think, Subhuti? If someone were to fill the three thousand chiliocosms with the seven precious treasures and then give them as a gift to the Tathagatas, the arhats, the fully enlightened ones, would the merit of that action be great?” Subhuti replied, “Yes, it would indeed be great, Blessed One!” The Buddha said, “So it is, Subhuti, so it is. But if, in reality, there were such a thing as a great heap of merit, the Tathagata would Read more [...]

Coming in December: The Zen Teachings of Huang Po

If I were ever forced to evacuate my residence due to some cataclysmic-event and I could only take with me one item, it would without question be "The Zen Teaching of Huang Po." Others have used the analogy of being stuck alone on a desert island and having this as their sole possession would surely suffice their intellectual needs. Huang Po is the old Grand Master and quintessential Zen Buddhist  teacher of the Tang Dynasty (died circa 850).  Huang Po's teaching encompasses and encapsulates Read more [...]

The All-Seeing Tathatic-Eye

Eighteen: The All-Seeing Tathatic-Eye Subhuti, what do you think? Does the Tathagata possess the human eye? Yes, World-honored One, He does. Well, do you think the Tathagata possesses the divine eye? Yes, World-honored One, He does. And do you think the Tathagata possesses the gnostic eye? Yes, World-honored One, He does. And do you think the Tathagata possesses the eye of transcendent wisdom? Yes, World-honored One, He does. And do you think the Tathagata possesses Read more [...]

True Bodhisattvahood

Seventeen: True Bodhisattvahood At that time Subhuti addressed Buddha, saying: World-honored One, if good men and good women seek the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment, by what criteria should they abide and how should they control their thoughts? Buddha replied to Subhuti: Good men and good women seeking the Consummation of Incomparable Enlightenment must create this resolved attitude of mind: I must liberate all living beings, yet when all have been liberated, verily not any Read more [...]

Be Not Afraid

Sixteen: Be Not Afraid [Gemmell] The Lord Buddha, continuing, addressed Subhuti, saying: "If a good disciple, whether man or woman, devoted to the observance and study of this Scripture, is thereby despised, or lightly esteemed, it is because that in a previous life there had been committed some grievous transgression, followed now by inexorable retribution. But, although in this life despised or lightly esteemed, the compensating merit thus acquired will cause the transgression of a former Read more [...]

Benediction

Fifteen: Benediction [Gemmell] “If a good disciple, whether man or woman, in the morning, at noonday, and at eventide, sacrificed lives innumerable as the sands of the Ganges, and thus without intermission throughout infinite ages; and if another disciple, hearing this Scripture proclaimed, steadfastly believed it, his felicity would be appreciably greater than the other. But how much greater must be the felicity of a disciple who transcribes the sacred text, observes its precepts, studies Read more [...]
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