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Buddhas


Those who perceive in an instant of awareness
The infinite buddhas, everywhere, interrelated,
Contemplate the ocean of all buddhas;
This is the way into the mind of enlightenment
.
Avatamsaka Sutra - Flower Ornament Scripture - 1403


This is the abode of those who dwell in the state of emptiness, signlessness, and wishlessness;
This is the abode of those who dwell in non-conceptualization of all things,
Those who dwell in the state of the unity of the cosmos,
Those who dwell in the state of the ungraspability of the realm of beings,
Those who dwell in the state of nonattachment to all worlds,
Those who dwell in the state of nonreliance on what all worldlings rely on,
Those who dwell in the state of independence from all supports,
Those who dwell in the state of independence from all bodily existence,
Those who dwell in the state of annihilation of all afflictive notions,
Those who dwell in the state of the essence of all things,
Those who dwell in the state of freedom from false imaginings,
Those who dwell in the state of detachment from all thought,
Those who dwell in the state of neither entering or leaving all perceptions,
Those who dwell in the state of entry into profound transcendent wisdom,
Those who dwell in the state of capacity to penetrate the realm of reality in all its aspects,
Those who dwell in the state of ability to extinguish all afflictions,
Those who dwell in the higher state of wisdom free from all views, cravings, and conceits,
Those who dwell in the state of freedom arising from higher knowledge of all meditations, liberations, concentrations, and spiritual attainments,
Those who dwell in the state of development of all spheres of concentration of bodhisattvas, Those who dwell in the state of presence with all buddhas
.
~ Avatamsaka Sutra - 1454, 1455


Samsara and Nirvana both sprout from the same seed.
Identity of the world (samsara) and nirvana.
Mind is the origin of all things.
Mind is the universal seed,
Both samsara and nirvana spring forth from it. [41.]
As is nirvana, so is samsara.
Do not think there is any distinction.
Yet it possesses no single nature
For I know it as quite pure. [102]
Here there is no beginning, no middle, no end,
Neither samsara nor nirvana.
In this state of highest bliss
There is neither self nor other. [27]
Whatever you see, that is it,
In front, behind, in all the ten directions. [28]
One should not think of molecules or atoms;
It is this supreme bliss that pours forth unceasingly as existence. [61]
Do not sit at home, do not go to the forest,
But recognize mind wherever you are.
When one abides in complete and perfect enlightenment,
When samsara and where is nirvana?


What you are is what you have been. What you will be is what you do now.
~ Buddha


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
~ Buddha


Buddha Quotes on Life, Peace and Love:
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.
There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared
.


Thus you shall think of all this fleeting world: a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom and a dream.
~ Diamond Sutra


There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else.
~ Dōgen, Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen


Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it. Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.
~ Huang Po


Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.
~ Huang Po, The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind


To meditate means to realize inwardly the imperturbability of the Essence of Mind. The reason why we are perturbed is because we allow ourselves to be carried away by the circumstances we are in. Those who are able to keep their mind unperturbed, irrespective of circumstances, have attained Inner Peace.
~ Huineng


You ask why I make my home in the mountain forest
and I smile, and am silent,
and even my soul remains quiet:
It lives in the other world
which no one owns.
The peach trees blossom.
The water flows
.
~ Li Po


I don’t tell the murky world to turn pure. I purify myself and check my reflection in the water of the valley brook.
~ Ryōkan, Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan


Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky. Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the moon shines brightly. So don’t worry about clear mind: it is always there. When thinking comes, behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes, there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and goes, comes and goes, you must not be attached to the coming or the going.
~ Seung Sahn


Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.
— D.T. Suzuki


Life, according to Zen, ought to be lived as a bird flies through the air, or as a fish swims in the water.
~ D.T. Suzuki


Faith is a state of openness or trust…In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. Instead they are holding tight. But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to the truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
~ Shunryu Suzuki


Samsara is Nirvana

This is another important Mahayana teaching.

Samsara and Nirvana seem to be polar opposites. Samsara is said to be the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. It is the realm of suffering. While Nirvana is liberation from rebirth, ignorance and suffering! So it is very surprising to hear that Samsara is Nirvana, how can that be true?

Samsara and Nirvana are two ways of looking at the Universe, two different perspectives, two points of view.

For the unenlightened person whose heart and mind are full of delusions, greed and hatred the Universe is a place of suffering. This is because the universe does not conform itself to their desires, thing don’t happen they way they want, things don’t go as they had planned. Hence they are frustrated and suffer.

But enlightened persons whose hearts and minds are purified and free from desire and ignorance are able to accept and enjoy the Universe as it is. They are at peace with the Universe and not frustrated by it. For them the Universe is the Pure Land and Nirvana, and the way the universe evolves is the Dao.

The problem with Samsara does not actually lie with Samsara itself, but with us! It is in fact our problem. It comes from us not seeing clearly and appreciating the Universe as it is, all because of our ignorance and delusional thinking.

When freed from such afflictions we can appreciate the Universe and are immediately ‘reborn in the Pure Land’ of Nirvana.
~ amida-buddha




















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