Humbly I prostrate myself before the Buddhas of the ten
quarters and the excellent company of Bodhisattvas. In setting forth this treatise, I am apprehensive that I may fail correctly to interpret the sacred mind. If so, may I
be given a chance for repentance and reform. However, if I do succeed in imparting the sacred truth, I dedicate the resultant merit to all living beings in the hope that each of them
will attain Buddhahood in their next life.
Q: What method must we practice in order to attain
A: It can be attained only through a sudden
Q: What is sudden illumination?
A: ‘Sudden’ means ridding yourself of
deluded thoughts instantaneously. ‘Illumination’ means the realization that illumination is not something to be attained.
Q: From where do we start this
A: You must start from the very root.
Q: And what is that?
A: Mind is the root.
Q: How can this be known?
A: The Lankavatara Sutra says: ‘When mental
processes arise, then do all dharmas (phenomena) spring forth; and when mental processes cease, then do all dharmas cease likewise.’ The Vimalakirti Sutra says: ‘Those
desiring to attain the Pure Land must first purify their own minds, for the purification of mind is the purity of the Buddha Land.’ The Sutra of the doctrine Bequeathed by
the Buddha says: ‘Just by mind control, all things become possible to us.’ In another sutra it says: ‘Sages seek from mind, not from Buddha; fools seek from
the Buddha instead of seeking from mind. Wise ones regulate their minds, rather than their persons; fools regulate their persons rather than their
The Sutra of the names of the Buddha states: ‘Evil
springs forth from the mind, and by the mind is evil overcome.’ Thus, we may know that all good and evil proceed from our minds, and that mind is therefore the root.
If you desire deliverance, you must first know all about the root. Unless you can penetrate to this truth, all your efforts will be vain; for, while you are still seeking
something from forms external to yourselves, you will never attain. The Dhyanaparamita Sutra says: ‘For as long as you direct your search to the forms around you, you will
not attain your goal even after eon upon eon; whereas, by contemplating your inner awareness, you can achieve Buddhahood in a single flash of thought.’
Q: By what means is the root practice to be
A: Only by sitting in meditation, for it is
accomplished by dhyana and samadhi. The Dhyanaparamita Sutra says: ‘Dhyana and samadhi are essential to the search for the sacred knowledge of the Buddhas; for, without
these, the thoughts remain in tumult and the roots of goodness suffer damage.’
Q: Please describe dhyana and
A: When wrong thinking ceases, that is dhyana; when you
sit contemplating your original nature, that is samadhi, for indeed that original nature is your eternal mind. By samadhi, you withdraw your minds from their surroundings,
thereby making them impervious to the eight winds, that is to say, impervious to gain and loss, calumny and eulogy, praise and blame, sorrow and joy. By concentrating in this
way, even ordinary people may enter the state of Buddhahood. How can that be so? The Sutra of Bodhisattva Precepts says: ‘All beings who observe the Buddha precepts
thereby enter Buddhahood.’ Other names for this are ‘deliverance,’ ‘gaining the further shore,’ ‘transcending the six states of mortal
being,’ ‘overlapping the three worlds,’ or ‘becoming a mighty Bodhisattva, an omnipotent sage, a conqueror.’!
Q: Whereon should the mind settle and
A: It should settle upon nondwelling and there
Q: What is this nondwelling?
A: It means not allowing the mind to dwell upon
Q: And what is the meaning of that?
A: Dwelling upon nothing means that the mind is not
fixed upon good or evil, being or nonbeing, inside or outside, or somewhere in between the two, void or nonvoid, concentration or distraction. This dwelling upon nothing is the state
in which it should dwell; those who attain to it are said to have nondwelling minds—in other words, they have Buddha-minds!
Q: What does mind resemble?
A: Mind has no color, such as green or yellow, red or
white; it is not long or short; it does not vanish or appear; it is free from purity and impurity alike; and its duration is eternal. It is utter stillness. Such, then is the form and
shape of our original mind, which is also our original body—the Buddhakaya!
Q: By what means does this body or mind perceive?
Can they perceive with the eyes, ears, nose, sense of touch and consciousness?
A: No, there are not several means of perception like
Q: Then, what sort of perception is involved, since it
is unlike any of those already mentioned?
A: It is perception by means of your own nature. How
so? Because your own nature being essentially pure and utterly still, its immaterial and motionless ‘substance’ is capable of this perception.
Q: Yet, since that pure ‘substance’ cannot
be found, where does such perception come from?
A: We may liken it to a bright mirror which, though it
contains no forms, can nevertheless ‘perceive’ all forms. Why? Just because it is free from mental activity. If you students of the Way had minds unstained, they
would not give rise to falsehood and their attachment to the subjective ego and to objective externals would vanish; then purity would arise of itself, and you would thereby be
capable of such perception. The Dharmapada Sutra says: ‘To establish ourselves amid perfect voidness in a single flash is excellent wisdom indeed’
Hui Hai (720-814)
Excerpted from Ch’an Master Hui Hai – Zen
Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening
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