It is better to keep your true, original mind than to contemplate the Buddhas of the ten directions.
If you only contemplate other Buddhas, you will never break free from life and death. You should keep your buddha-mind as it is in order to arrive on the other shore.
Buddha originates in your own nature. There is no need to seek outside yourself.
Ignorant people chant in the hope of being born in the Pure Land, or Land of Utmost Bliss, but true practitioners only focus instead on clearing their own mind.
The Buddha does not save sentient beings. Rather, sentient beings save themselves the instant they awaken to their true mind.
Monday, August 20, 2007
On this morning's commute, I was reading The Mirror of Zen, and enjoyed these quotes from the 5th and 6th Patriarchs: