Gold Coast Zen Meditation

June 27, 2010

Hinayan buddhism

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Hinayan Buddhism teaches that when thinking appears, “I” appears. When “I” appears, then the whole world appears, then the whole world is divided into pairs of opposites.

Rene Descartes said,  “I think , therefore I am.” 

That is the same point.  If you have “I am” you also have “I am not”.

Existence and  non-existence, life and death, good and bad all come from this opposite thinking.  This thinking also makes suffering. 

So Hinaya Buddhism teaches that when mind appears, Dharma appears, name and form appear.   When Dharma appears, name and form appear.   When name and form appear, then like and dislike, good and bad, coming and going, life and death, happiness and sadness all appear. 

The Hinayana  view call this realm which we all  inhabit  a “suffering world”.

 All life is suffering,  and suffering is life: samsara.

Hinaya buddism explains that we are  living in this impermanent world, this suffering world, and it shows how we can get out of it.

This suffering world is created entirely by our own thinking.  Through this teaching we are shown how to go from the opposites world of life and death to attain the realm of the  Absolute, or nirvana. 

In Nirvana, there is no life and death; no coming and going no up or down.  It is a state of complete stillness and bliss.  Attaining the completely void state of nirvana is the ultimate goal of Hinayan Buddhist teaching.


“nothing to do nowhere to go” by Thich Nhat Hanh

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“According to Master Linji, the businessless person is someone who doesn’t run after enlightenment or grasp anything, even if that thing is the Buddha.  This person has simply stopped.  She is no longer caught by anything, even theories or teachings.  The businessless person is the true person inside each one of us.  This is the essential teaching of Master Linji.  When we learn to stop and be truly alive in the present moment, we are in touch with what’s going on within and around us.  We aren’t carried away by the past, the future, our thinking, ideas emotions, and projects.   

The person who has nothing to do is sovereign of herself.  She doesn’t need to put on airs or leave any trace behind.  The true person is an active participant, engaged in her environment while remaining unoppressed by it.  Although all phenomena are going through the various appearances of birth, abiding, changing, and dying, the true person doesn’t become a victim of sadness , happiness, love or hate.  She lives in awareness as an ordinary person, whether standing, walking, lying down, or sitting.  She doesn’t act a part, even the part of a great Zen master. This is what Master Linji means by “be sovereign wherever you are and use that place as your seat of awakening”

-A Buddha is a person who has no more business to do and isn’t looking for anything.  In doing nothing, in simply stopping, we can live freely and true to ourselves and our liberation will contribute to the liberation of beings.

6th Patriach-Hui Neng

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After I go, there will be no one to teach you.
Fa-hai and the others wept when they heard this. Shen-hui alond was psychologically unmoved and did not cry.
Master said, “Young Shen-hui has managed to maintain equanimity toward good and bad, unmoved by slander or praise, not conceiving sadness or happiness. The rest of you have not attained this – what path have you been cultivating all these years in the mountains? Who are you troubled about now, crying so sadly?
“If you are worried, I don’t know where I am going, I intuitively know where I was going. I wouldn’t have informed you ahead of time. Your weeping is because you don’t know where I’m going. If you knew where I was going, you wouldn’t be crying. The nature of reality has no birth or death, no coming or going.

“Sit there, all of you, and I will recite to you a hymn called Hymn on True and False Action and Stillness. Memorize this hymn, for its intent is the same as mine. Practise on this basis, and you won’t lose the essence of the source.”

The hymn went as follows:-
Everything has no reality
We do not see reality thereby
If you “see reality, that is a view, not reality at all.
If you can yourself embody reality,
Detached from falsehood, mind itself’s reality
If your own mind does not detach from falsehood,
There’s no reality – where is real?

Animate beings are mobile,
Inanimate things are inmobile;
If you cultivate a practice of not moving,
That’s the same as inanimate immobility
If you seek true immovability
That’s immobility in action.
Not moving is unmoving –
Without sentience, there’s no seed of buddhahood.

Be able to distinguish characteristic skilfully
While immovable in ultimate truth
As long as you see in this way,
It’s the function of reality as is
“Unmoving, not cultivating goodness.
Ebullient, not doing evil,
Serene, detached from the senses
Clear, mind without fixation”

My Dharma Speech is Already Finished

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A person’s head becomes whiter and whiter as he gets
older, but the color of the mountain remains green. In the
end, both the mountain and the person return to emptiness.
Today is the end of Kyol Che. That means don’t attach
to the world of name and form. If you don’t attach to
the world of name and form, there’s nothing left but our
moment-to-moment world. What am I doing in this moment?
That’s most important.
Actually my dharma speech is now finished. However,
many people don’t understand so I will explain a little more.
Usually we would say that my mind brought me here to
listen to this talk. But where is mind? From where does it
appear and where does it go? We don’t understand that.
That is human. You carry your mind around everywhere
but you don’t know what it is. We are always proclaiming,
“I, I, I,” but we don’t understand “I.” So the big question
is: What is human? A famous Zen poem says: “Coming
empty handed, going empty handed —that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from? When you
die, where do you go? Life is like a floating cloud which
appears. Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud originally does not exist. Life and death,
coming and going are also like this. But there is one thing
which always remains clear. It’s pure and clear, not depending
on life and death. Then what is that one pure and clear
thing that pulls this body around?” What is the meaning of
all these people from foreign countries coming here to our
temple in Korea to practice Zen? Because of that one pure
and clear thing they come here.
Excerpt from Talk by Zen Master Seung Sahn at Mu Sang Sa temple-at the close of Winter Kyol Che 2001

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