Archive for June, 2011

Meditate Not to Meditate (Milarepa)

Posted in buddhism, gurus on June 26, 2011 by ewakening

Moreover, to meditate is an illusory thought;
Not to meditate is illusory, too.
It is the same whether or not you meditate.

— Milarepa

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The Middle Way (Aryadeva)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2011 by ewakening

Not existence and not nonexistence
Not these two conjoined nor the opposite of this
Freed from four extremes, the truly wise
Are those who keep within the middle way.

— Aryadeva

Phenomena Unarising (Nagarjuna)

Posted in buddhism, enlightenment on June 19, 2011 by ewakening

Neither from themselves, nor from another cause,
Not from both, nor yet without a cause –
Phenomena indeed of any kind
Are never born

— Nagarjuna, from the Mulamadhyamaka-karika

Uses of Dharma (Red Pine)

Posted in buddhism, enlightenment on June 12, 2011 by ewakening

Even though we cannot find anything real, the perception that something is real has its use – it is how we live in the world. The perception that something is not real also has its use – it is how we enter the stream of dharma. But the absence of dharmas makes progress impossible; we still need dharmas to reach the other shore. Thus we renounce self-existence and receive in exchange a body of merit (punya skandha).

— Red Pine, commentary on The Diamond Sutra

Neither subject nor object (Hui Neng)

Posted in buddhism, enlightenment on June 5, 2011 by ewakening

Unexcelled perfect enlightenment (anuttara-samyak-sanbodhi) is not found outside. It only exists when the mind contains neither subject nor object.

– Hui Neng.