Positivity Reading

I change this reading up every few weeks so be sure to come back for your daily dose of positive reading…

This exert is from the book “The Zen Teaching of Huang Po” from The Buddhist Society, it was translated into English by John Blofeld. This book is a complete translation of the Huang Po Ch’uan Hsin Fa Yao, a 19th century Chinese Buddhist text and are the teachings of Master of the Dhyana Sect, which to you and me is known as Zen.

“Mind is like the void in which there is no confusion or evil, as when the sun wheels through it shining upon the four corners of the world. For, when the sun rises and illuminates the whole earth, the void gains not in briiliane; and, when the sun sets, the void does not darken. The phenomena of the light and dark alternate with each other, but the nature of the void remains unchanged. So it is with the Mind of the Buddha and of sentient beings. If you look upon the Buddha as presenting a pure, bright or Enlightened appearance, or upon sentient beings as presenting a foul, dark or mortal-seeming appearance, these conceptions resulting from attachment to form will keep you from supreme knowledge, even after the passing of as many aeons as there are sands in the Ganges. There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha. If you students of the Way do not awake to this Mind substance, you will overlay Mind with conceptual thought,  you will seek the Buddha outside yourselves, and you will remain attached to forms, pious practices and so on, all of which are harmful and not at all the way to supreme knowledge.”

I loved this passage, to me it’s tells the listener or reader to look within yourself, for inside yourself holds everything you will ever need.

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