Perfect Enlightenment 无诤三昧


In the Sutra of the Forty-Two Chapters, in the chapter entitled the Unreality of All Concepts and Ideas, the Buddha said, “My doctrine is to be mindful of no-mind, to act with non-action, to speak the inexpressible, and to cultivate non-cultivation.”

The Diamond Sutra says, “I, Subhuti, do not say to myself that I excel amongst thy disciples in knowing the bliss of Enlightenment, in being perfectly content in seclusion, and in being free from all passions, for if I ever thought of myself as such then it would not be true that I escaped ego delusion.”
“A disciple should develop a mind which is in no way dependent upon sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensory sensations or any mental conceptions. A disciple should develop a mind which does not rely on anything.”
“Therefore, Subhuti, the minds of all disciples should be purified of all thoughts that relate to seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and discriminating. They should use their minds spontaneously and naturally, without being constrained by preconceived notions arising from the senses.”

The Heart Sutra says, “Therefore, in emptiness there are no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensory sensations or any mental conceptions… no consciousness, … no wisdom and no attainment.”

Hence the Buddha taught his disciples to purify their minds. When the mind is purified, it is empty of all conceptions, ideas, or such perception as a self, a being, a soul, or a universal self. This is known as one of ‘no-thought’, ‘no abidance’, ‘no-cultivation’, and ‘no attainment’.

四十二章经云念等本空。佛言:吾法念无念念,行无行行,言无言言,修无修修。
金剛经云:我不作是念,我是離欲阿羅汉。以須菩提实无所行,而名須菩提是樂阿蘭那行。又云是故須菩提,諸菩薩摩訶薩,應如是生清凈心,不應住色生心,不應住声香味觸法生心,應无所住而生其心。
心经云:是故空中无色声香味觸法。无意識界,无智亦无得。
是故佛言自淨其意,意淨則三心空,四相離,此所謂无念无住无修无証之者也。
Written by Ven. Sakya Longyen
Huayen on Indra’s Net

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