27: If the eye never sleeps

眼若不睡     If the eye never sleeps

諸夢自除     All dreams cease by themselves


“With one deluded thought, prajna is cut off; with one wise thought, prajna springs to life.” – Hui-neng



Good and Wise Friends, unawakened, buddhas are just living beings. At the moment they awaken, however, living beings are buddhas. Therefore, you should realize that the ten thousand dharmas are all within your own mind. Why don’t you immediately see, right within your own mind, the true reality of your original nature? (2014, p. 106)


At all times test to see whether you have lost it or have not lost [the virtue of the Tao]. This is the true practice of the sages of the past and of today. Tzu Ssu has said: “Do not deviate from the Tao even to the smallest degree. What can be deviated from cannot be called the Tao.” In the Li-jen chapter of the Analects we read: “In moments of haste he cleaves to it; in seasons of danger he cleaves to it.” This teaches that not for a moment must one lose it. This Tao may be called the True Tao of the Doctrine of the Mean. . . . Placing the essential between the two states, the active and the passive, and being in a position to be able to move in any direction, with the true principle of pure, undiluted, undistracted meditation before your eyes, attain a state of mind in which, even though surrounded by crowds of people, it is as if you were alone in a field extending tens of thousands of miles. You must from time to time reach that state of understanding described by old P’ang, in which you are with both ears deaf,  both eyes blind. This is known as the time when the true great doubt stands before your very eyes. And if at this time you struggle forward without losing any ground, it will be as though a sheet of ice has cracked, as though a tower of jade has fallen, and you will experience a great feeling of joy that for forty years you have never seen or felt before. (Orategama)


The Sixth Patriarch’s Diamond Jewel Platform Sutra (3rd Edition) (2014). Burlingame, California: Buddhist Text Translation Society.

Yampolsky, Philip (1971). The Zen Master Hakuin: Selected Writings. Columbia University Press: New York. https://terebess.hu/zen/Orategama.pdf

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