That is why it is said that everything is made from the mind alone.
If people would like to know
All Buddhas of the three periods of time,
They should contemplate the nature of the Dharma Realm:
Everything is made from the mind alone.
If you want to know about the Buddhas of the past, present, and future, you should look into the causes and conditions of the Ten Dharma Realms: Everything is made from the mind alone. It all comes from your own mind. That's why I like to explain the Chinese character for the word "mind":
The three dots are like a cluster of stars.
The hook is like a crescent moon.
Furred creatures come from this.
Buddhas come from this, too.
It's because of the mind that we end up in the animal realm; but if you decide to cultivate and become a Buddha, it's also because of this mind. Therefore, the Ten Dharma Realms are not apart from the single thought now present in your mind and mine. If your mind ponders the Buddhalands, in the future you will go to the Buddhalands. If your mind is fixed on the hells, in the future you will end up in the hells. Everything is made from the mind alone. There is not the least bit of room for mistake.
This represents "true reality." The true reality is the basis for all appearances. The basis of all appearances is beyond appearances. If you try to find the basis of all appearances within appearances, you won't be able to find it. You must search for that basis of appearances within what is beyond appearances. Bodhisattvas contemplate all dharmas as being empty They contemplate how all dharmas of the Ten Dharma Realms are empty— how those states are empty, and how they are like true reality, Even though they are empty, within that emptiness there is existence. Within true emptiness, wonderful existence comes forth. True emptiness is not empty, because it can bring forth wonderful existence. Wonderful existence is nonexistent, because it itself is true emptiness, which is another name for true reality. When you are like true reality, then outwardly you will not be greedy, and inwardly you will not seek. You will do no seeking either inside or outside. Inside and outside will be empty. Inwardly you empty the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind, and outwardly you empty sights sounds, scents, flavors, objects of touch, and dharmas that are objects of the mind. In between, you empty the eye consciousness, ear consciousness, nose consciousness, tongue consciousness, body consciousness, and mind consciousness. You empty the six sense organs, the six sense objects, and the six consciousnesses, so that the six consciousnesses, the twelve locations and the eighteen realms will all be empty.
... as true reality, as not upside-down, as not moving, as not retreating, as not turning, as being like emptiness, as without a nature, as having the path of language cut off, as not coming into being, as not coming forth, as not arising, as without a name, as without an appearance, as in reality nonexistent, as measureless, as boundless, as unimpeded, and as unobstructed.
Bodhisattvas contemplate the true reality of all dharmas as emptiness. They are all empty, but does that mean they do not exist? No. They are the true reality. They are like true reality, and what is subtle, wonderful, and inconceivable is right here.
What is sitting in meditation every day? It is being characterized by actuality. When one practices sitting in dhyana meditation everyday, what is one doing? One is being characterized by actuality and according with reality. Since you find it hard to understand what being characterized by actuality means, I am telling you that it means sitting in meditation every day. As soon as you investigate dhyana, inwardly the six sense organs become empty, outwardly the six sense objects become empty, and in between the six sense consciousnesses become empty. When the eighteen realms become empty, you reach the Station of Nothing Whatsoever, and the Heaven of the Station of Neither Thought nor Non-thought. That is not to say one's soul goes out and ascends to that heaven. If, right here, there is nothing whatsoever, that is the Heaven of Neither Thought nor Non-thought. You don't have to go up somewhere to that Heaven. It's right here. If you can be characterized by actuality, your state is that of the Heaven of Neither Thought nor Non-thought.
To be continued