1: The Perfect Way is not difficult

至道無難     The Perfect Way is not difficult

唯嫌揀擇     Save that it excludes picking and choosing

但憎莫愛     Once you are freed from hating and loving

洞然明白     That which  is hidden will become clear and bright


And Yahwe Elohim commanded the man, saying,
Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat
But of the tree of the knowledge of good (טוֹב) and evil (רָע) thou shalt not eat of it
For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.  (Genesis)

What is the cause of good and ill?
The body is the cause.
What is the cause of the body?
Desire is the cause. — The Vimalakirti Sutra

Case 23  Think Neither Good Nor Evil

The Sixth Patriarch was pursued by the monk Ming (a former general of the third rank and a coarse and violent man) as far as Taiyu Mountain.
The patriarch, seeing Ming coming, laid the robe and bowl on a rock and said, “This robe is a symbol of the faith, not something to be fought over. If you want to take it, take it now.”

Ming tried to move it, but it was as heavy as a mountain and would not budge. Faltering and trembling, he cried out, “I came for the Dharma, not for the robe. I beg you, please give me your instruction.”

The patriarch said, “Think neither good nor evil. At this very moment, what is the original self of the monk Ming?”

At these words, Ming was directly illuminated. (The Gateless Gate)


Lexicon-Concordance Online Bible (http://lexiconcordance.com/hebrew/7451.html) (http://lexiconcordance.com/hebrew/2896.html)

David-Neel, Alexandra (1967). The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects. San Francisco, Calif.: City Lights Books. (Secret Oral Teachings)

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