Gold Coast Zen Meditation

June 27, 2010

6th Patriach-Hui Neng

Filed under: Uncategorized — Gold Coast Zen Meditation Group @ 8:45 pm

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”

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