31-33: This is enlightenment

究竟窮極     Investigate at last to the very end

不存軌則     And no rules are left to follow

契心平等     Equanimity inscribed on the mind

所作倶息     Where all doing ceases


狐疑盡淨     All doubts vanish completely

正信調直     Right belief is made true

一切不留     Not a single division remains

無可記憶     No memories at all retained


虚明自照     Empty, bright, shining

不勞心力     No exertion by the mind

非思處量     This is a place no thought can measure

識情難測     Knowledge and senses can scarcely fathom


Penetrate into the ultimate truth of Mind
And we have neither things nor no-things
Enlightened and not-enlightened—they are the same
Neither mind nor thing there is
— Dhritaka, the sixth Buddhist patriarch (Suzuki, 1949, p. 172)

‘O Saichi, tell us what kind of taste is the taste of “Namuamida-butsu”,
Tell us what kind of taste is the taste of “Namu-amida-butsu”.’
‘The taste of the “Namu-amida-butsu” is:
A joy filling up the bosom,
A joy filling up the liver,
Like the rolling swell of the sea –
No words – just the utterance: Oh, Oh!’
— Saichi (Suzuki, 1957, p. 174)

At one stroke I have forgotten all knowledge!
There’s no need for artificial discipline
In every moment I manifest the ancient Way
And never fall into quietism

Wherever I walk I leave no footprint
My senses unrestrained by rules of conduct
In the ten quarters, all who have realized this truth
Declare it to be the highest

— Hsiang-yen (Suzuki, 1949, p. 243)

The mind moveth with the ten thousand things
Even when moving, it is serene
Perceive its essence as it moveth on
And neither joy nor sorrow there is

— Manura, the twenty-second Buddhist patriarch (Suzuki, 1949, p. 172)

It’s a feeling of complete ‘at-oneness’ with everything
It’s a feeling of ‘no-other-ness’
It’s a feeling of very profound peace
Even though there’s activity, you see no action
Everything just is
The very top state is one of very profound peace

— Lester Levenson, “Experiencing Truth” https://youtu.be/fAMBVE1cElM


Suzuki, D. T. Essays in Zen Buddhism (First Series). New York, Grove Press, 1949.

Suzuki, D. T. Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist. London and New York, Routledge Classics, 1957. https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/d-t-suzuki-mysticism-christian-and-buddhist.pdf

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