13-17: Do not dwell in dual views

二見不住     Do not dwell in dual views

慎莫追尋     Be careful not to pursue them

纔有是非     The slightest trace of right and wrong

紛然失心     And mind is lost in confusion

二由一有     The two exist because of the One

一亦莫守     But to the One likewise do not cling


一心不生     When the mind is one, nothing disturbs it

萬法無咎     The myriad things are harmless

無咎無法     No harm, no things

不生不心     No disturbance, no mind


能隨境滅     The subject vanishes with the object

境逐能沈     The object gone, the subject submerges

境由能境     The object exists because of the subject

能由境能     The subject exists because of the object


欲知兩段     If you want to understand the two sides

元是一空     Their origin is the one emptiness

一空同兩     In the one emptiness both are the same

齊含萬象     Undifferentiated emptiness contains the myriad things


All things have no reality in themselves; they rise from thought and laws of origination. When that which is thought vanishes, the thinking one himself vanishes. – Pratyutpannasamadhi Sutra (Suzuki 1953, p. 183)

Form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form. Form is itself emptiness; emptiness is itself form. – Prajna-paramita-hridaya Sutra (Heart Sutra BTTS)

To those who see clearly and properly, the separation between that which perceives and that which is perceived ceases; there is no such external world as is discriminated by the ignorant. – The Lankavatara Sutra, p. 285

His students said to him,
When will the kingdom come?
Yeshua said,
It will not come because you are watching for it.
No one will announce, ‘Look, here it is’ or ‘Look, there it is.’
The father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth
and people do not see it. – Gospel of Thomas (Meyer)

Hui-neng: (Mahaprajnaparamita)

What is maha? Maha is ‘great’. The capacity of the mind is vast and far-reaching, like the vast sky.  Do not sit with a mind fixed on emptiness; if you do you will fall into a vacant kind of emptiness. Emptiness includes the sun, moon, stars and planets, the great earth, mountains and rivers, all trees and grasses, bad and good men, bad things and good things, heaven and hell — they are all within emptiness. The emptiness of human nature is also like this.

Self-nature contains the ten thousand things — this is ‘great’. The ten thousand things are all in Self-nature. Although you see all men and non-men, evil and good, evil things and good things, you must not push them away, nor must you cling to them, nor must you be stained by them, but you must regard them as being just like the empty sky. This is what is meant by ‘great’. This is the practice of maha. (Yampolsky, 1967)

The Lankavatara Sutra:

False imagination (parikalpita) teaches that such things as light and shade, long and short, black and white, differ and are to be discriminated from one another. But they are not independent of one other; they are only different aspects of the same thing. They are terms of relation and not of reality. Conditions of existence are not of a mutually exclusive character; in essence things are not two but one. Even Nirvana and the Samsara world of life and death are aspects of the same thing, for there is no Nirvana except where there is Samsara, and no Samsara except where there is Nirvana. All duality is falsely imagined. (Goddard and Suzuki, 1932, Chapter 2)

Adi Shankara: Self-Realization

134. The aspirants after Brahman should not remain a single moment without the thought of Brahman.
135. The nature of the cause [thought] inheres in the effect [things] and not vice versa; so through reasoning it is found that in the absence of the effect, the cause as such also disappears.
136. Then that pure reality which is beyond speech alone remains. This should be understood again and again verily through the illustration of clay and the pot. [Clay is the substance, or essence, and the pot is what we perceive with our senses]
137. In this way alone there arises in the pure-minded a state of awareness [of Brahman], which is afterwards merged into Brahman.
138. One should first look for the cause by the negative method (i.e., meditation on the impermanence and lack of self-nature of things) and then find it by the positive method, as being ever inherent in the effect.
139. One should verily see the cause in the effect, and then dismiss the effect altogether. What then remains, the sage himself becomes.

Meister Eckhart:

[T]he soul is scattered abroad among her powers and dissipated in the action of each: the power of sight in the eye, the power of hearing in the ear, the power of tasting in the tongue — thus her ability to work inwardly is enfeebled, for a scattered power is imperfect. So, for her inward work to be effective, she must call in all her powers and gather them together from the diversity of things to a single inward activity. (Sermon Two)


Goddard, Dwight and Suzuki, D. T. (1932). A Buddhist Bible (First Edition). (http://zen-ua.org/wp-content/uploads/lankavatara_sutra_english.pdf)

Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro (1953). Essays in Zen Buddhism (Second Series). London: Rider and Company.

Suzuki, D. T. (1932). The Lankavatara Sutra: A Mahayana Text. (Based upon the Sanskrit edition of Bunyu Nanjo) London. (http://lirs.ru/do/lanka_eng/lanka-nondiacritical.htm)

Yampolsky, Philip B. (1967). The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch. (The text of the Tun-Huang manuscript with translation, introduction and notes by Philip B. Yampolsky) New York: Columbia University Press. (download)

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