If you love the sacred, the sacred becomes a mere word and a snare. Just wait, I'll beat you up. Quotabulary picks out the most famous Zen quotes to guide you through your journey of life. All the Buddhas and patriarchs in the Three Worlds and the ten directions have appeared only for the purpose of seeking the Dharma. Therefore, what moves belongs to the element of air wind ; what does not move belongs to the element of earth; and what both moves and does not move has no being in itself. I choose the Japanese, Rinzai.
The monk hesitated — then the master hit him. You are concentrating so much on your notes. And if you do not depend on things, there is deliverance, there is freedom! But students, not realizing this, take to these surface explanations of words and letters and deliver interpretations of them. Even so, a translation of the Record could not have been undertaken without help. He asked Obaku for permission to leave, which was granted but only if Rinzai went to the nearby Master Daigu jp Ta Yu ch.
The Buddha is an illusory phantom. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality. And a second's foolish ignorance is the formless world. Further, the Zen texts are written in the vernacular, not in classical Chinese. Whatever they bring before me, I beat it down at once.
The historical development of the Zen School is well documented. What you are trying to find is what you already are. Even if you find something there, it is only words and letters and never the living spirit of the patriarchs. You say that everywhere there is training and there is realization. Just as no one can provide you with the answer to a Zen koan, no one can show you definitively how to breathe through your whole body. Though things exist, they are only as names and words, sentences and catch phrases to attract little children; or expedient remedies for treating diseases, superficially revealed as names and phrases. Followers of the Way, realize this and make use of it, but do not slap labels on it, for these tend to be like pen-names, only creating mystery.
If one asks me on Bodhisattvas, I appear accordingly in a state of compassion. I am afraid those Zen teachers are rather like newlywed brides, uneasy and worried about being chased out of their homes and starving to death. Begging is part of the training of some Buddhist sects. The Buddha, where is he now? If you take these empty names for real, you make a big mistake. Therefore the six fields of form, sound, smell, taste, touch and mental configurations are all formless; they cannot bind the man of true independence.
Depends how you define yourself. To study the self is to forget the self. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Rather, is there some skillful general to deploy his troops and hoist his standards? This pervades everything; it is in the worldly and in the sacred, in the pure and impure, the fine and the coarse. Motions of breath and presence of body are inextricably linked. You put on top of your delusion only further fantasies.
Followers of the Way, I hold the transmission of the generations from Mayoku Osho, Tanka Osho, Doitsu Osho, Rozan Osho, Sekikyo Osho. In my talks there is nothing absolutely real. He keeps his distance, stands alone and free, and is not bothered by things. Buddha appeared in the world, turned the wheel of the Dharma, and then entered Nirvana. Were there a special one, I say it is like a phantom and a dream. Do not commit such errors.
That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being. The patriarchs are old monks. Various prefaces and postscripts by the compilers of the text have been omitted as not relevant to Western readers. If for a moment your heart of itself gets released from its bonds, everywhere is deliverance; this is the Dharma-Samadhi Kannon Avalokitesvara. Just put your heart at rest and seek nothing outside.