Sunday, February 3, 2013

Huang Po - This Pure Mind

This pure mind, 
Which is the source of all things, 
Shines forever 
With the 
Radiance of its own perfection. 
But most people are not aware of it, 
And think that mind is just the faculty that 
Sees, hears, feels, and knows. 
Blinded by their own 
Sight, hearing, feeling, and knowing, 
They don't perceive 
The radiance of the source. 
If they could eliminate all 
Conceptual thinking, 
This source would appear, 
Like the sun rising 
Through the empty sky 
And illuminating the whole universe. 
You students of the Tao 
Who seek to understand 
Through seeing, hearing 
feeling, and knowing, 
When your perceptions are cut off, 
Your way to mind will be cut off 
And you will find nowhere to enter. 

Just realize that 
Although mind is manifested 
In these perceptions, 
It is neither part of them 
Nor separate from them. 
You shouldn't try to analyze these perceptions, 
Or think about them at all; 
But you shouldn't seek the one mind 
Apart from them. 
Don't hold on to them 
Or leave them behind 
Or dwell in them or reject them. 
Above, below, and all around you, 
All things spontaneously exist, 
Because There Is 
Nowhere outside the Buddha mind.

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