The path of language is cut off;
The place of the mind's activity is extinguished.
What kind of state would you say that is? It is:
Leaving four-line verses far behind;
And cutting off the hundred fallacies.
The four-line verse could be, for
All conditioned dharmas
Are like dreams, illusions, bubbles, shadows;
Like dew and like a lightning flash:
Contemplate them thus.
This four-line verse is left behind, and
the hundred fallacies-ways of being wrong-are all gone. This
is an inconceivable state, and so one cannot imagine it.
There is no way to express it in words or even to think
The inconceivable is the wonderful. If you can
understand the wonderful, then you can be said to know a
little bit of the flavor of the Dharma Flower Sutra. But
if you don't know the meaning of the wonderful, you have
no way to listen to the Dharma Flower Sutra. What the
Dharma Flower Sutra talks about is the wonderful. In all
it says, it is speaking of the wonderful.
Most of you have been applying effort very well, but
some of you are still "having false thinking as usual."
I hope that those of you who are having false thinking
will have a little less, and that those of you who are
applying effort well will do even better and make
progress every day. To make daily progress, you must
watch over yourself more strictly every day and gather
in your body and mind. To gather in your body and mind
means not to have false thinking.
When this Summer Session is over, the Winter Chan
Meditation Session will begin. This Chan Session will
last for a hundred days. Each day there will be
twenty-one hours of walking and sitting without a break.
Those of you who aren't afraid of difficulty can sign up
early for the Chan Session. Sitting in Chan is learning
about the state that is inconceivable. There's no way
you can think about it, because its wonderful points are
As not coming into being. What does not
come into being? Ignorance does not come into being.
Wisdom does not come into being. There is no wisdom and
no ignorance. What would you say that is? It's a
principle. Because you have no ignorance, you also have
no wisdom. Because you have no wisdom, you also have no
ignorance. Wisdom and ignorance are opposites. When you
produce neither ignorance nor wisdom, this is the state
described as "not thinking of good and not thinking of
evil." If you have a "good," then you have something
that is brought into being. If you have an "evil," you
also have something that is brought into being. Now, if
you have ignorance, then you have something that is
brought into being, If you have wisdom, you also have
something that is brought into being. What kind of state
is it when neither wisdom nor ignorance come into being?
That state is a wonderful one. That's because there
being no ignorance and no wisdom is a principle, the
fundamental principle-the Great Treasury of Light of
one's inherent nature. Thus, there is nothing which is
destroyed and nothing which destroys. There is no way to
destroy it, because it is merely a principle-the
principle of not coming into being. In this state,
neither practice, nor position, nor cause, nor effect
come into being.
As not coming forth means not coming
out and not going in-neither exiting nor entering. That
is the original substance of the Tathagata, the original
substance cultivated by the Tathagata until the ultimate
point is reached, so that there is no coming forth or
entering. This also means there is no ignorance and no
wisdom which can be spoken of.
As not arising. When one has certified to the principle
of the Tathagatas, the expedient teachings-the
provisional dharmas-all become still and quiescent. They
do not arise.
~ To be continued