(Huang-po, Obaku, Wobaku Kiun)
Huang-Po said to Pai-hsiu:
Buddhas and sentient beings both grow out of One Mind,
and there is no other reality than this Mind. It has been in existence
since the beginningless past; it knows neither birth nor death; it is neither
blue nor yellow; it has neither shape nor form; it is beyond the category
of being and non-being; it is not to be measured by age, old or new; it
is neither long nor short; it is neither large nor small; for it transcends
all limits, words, traces, and opposites. It must be taken just as it is
in itself; when an attempt is made on our part to grasp it in our thoughts,
it eludes. It is like space whose boundaries are altogether beyond measurement;
no concepts are applicable here.
This One Mind only is the Buddha, who is not to be segregated
from sentient beings. But because we seek it outwardly in a world of form,
the more we seek the further it moves away from us. To make Buddha seek
after himself, or to make Mind take hold of itselfthis is an impossibility
to the end of eternity. We do not realize that as soon as our thoughts
cease and all attempts at forming ideas are forgotten the Buddha reveals
himself before us . . .
That followers of Zen fail to recognize the Buddha is
due to their not rightly recognizing where their own Mind is. They seek
it outwardly, set up all kinds of exercises which they hope to master by
degrees, and themselves work out diligently throughout ages. Yet they fail
to reach enlightenment. No works compare with an immediate awakening to
a state of mushin [“no-mind”] itself.
THE TRANSMISSION OF MIND ‘ (DENSHIN HOYO) in Manual
of Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
from The Principles of Transmitting the Mind
Commentary by Master Sheng-yen.
Poem and commentary translated by Guo-yuan Shi.
The Zen Teaching of Huang Po
The Zen Teaching of Huang Po:
On the Transmission of Mind
(Shambhala Pocket Classics)
John Blofeld (Translator)
Paperback / Published 1994
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Original Teachings of Ch’an Buddhism:
Selected from the Transmission of the Lamp
Original Teachings of Ch’an Buddhism
Chang Chung-Yuan trans.
New York: Random House, 1969.
(see above two entries)
Golden Age of Zen