2: A hairbreadth of difference

毫釐有差     A hairbreadth of difference

天地懸隔     And Heaven and Earth are set apart

欲得現前     If you want it to appear before you

莫存順逆     Take no thought for or against anything

 

The Tao that can be spoken of is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The Unnamable is the beginning of Heaven and Earth. The Namable becomes the mother of the ten thousand things.  — Lao-tzu (Suzuki, Carus)

 

Vimalakirti Sutra: (Burton Watson)

The bodhisattva Field of Merit said, “To speak of meritorious deeds, wrongful deeds, and deeds that call forth no retribution* is dualistic. The true nature of all three kinds of deeds is empty. And if it is empty, then there are no meritorious deeds, no wrongful  deeds, and no deeds that call forth no retribution. One who does not rouse any thought of distinctions with regard to these three types of deeds may thereby enter the gate of nondualism.”  (Wisdom Library) [* non-karmaic]

Lin-chi:

If your mind moment by moment never differentiates, you may be called the living patriarch. If your mind differentiates, intrinsic nature and the world are set apart. But so long as it does not differentiate, intrinsic nature and the world are not separated.”

Someone asked, “What do you mean by the mind that moment by moment does not differentiate?”

The Master said, “The moment you ask such a question differentiation has already taken place: intrinsic nature and the world have been set apart.

“Followers of the Way, make no mistake! The myriad things in this and other worlds are all devoid of intrinsic nature, of a nature that can cause them to arise. They are empty names, and the characters with which they are written [the scriptures or ching] are likewise empty. If you take these empty names for real, you make a serious mistake. (Burton Watson)

Adi Shankara:

The Vedas declare that the ignorant man who allows himself to make the slightest distinction between the individual soul and the Supreme Self is exposed to danger. Where there is duality by virtue of ignorance, one sees all things as distinct from the Self; but when everything is seen as the Self, then there is not even an atom other than the Self. In that state when one realizes all things as the Self, there is neither delusion nor sorrow, in consequence of the absence of duality. (“Self Realization,” translation by Yogananda, Cp. 21)

 

Paramhansa Yogananda. Autobiography of a Yogi. NY, The Philosophical Library, 1946.

Lin-chi. The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi: A Translation of the Lin-chi lu by Burton Watson, 1993.

 

 

 

 

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