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#3256 - Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - Editor: Gloria Lee
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From: 'The Spirit of Tao' Thomas Cleary



Those obstructed by nothingness, clinging one-sidedly to this
principle, sit blankly to clear away sense objects and think that the
Way is herein. None of them seeks the secret of nurturing the three
treasures. Though they speak of reaching nothingness, this is really
not the Way. The ultimate Way is not in reification, nor simple
nothingness. The mystic essential is to balance openness and realism.


    "Wise indeed are they who rely upon
   the doctrine of voidness,
And unwise are they who forever grasp
  at extremes of is and is-not;
But both, said Buddha, are mere products
  of their own karma.
To he whose vision is unclouded
  I bow my head in homage.

The infinite things that exist
  constantly are free,
Coming from nowhere
  and going nowhere,
Unreal like a magician's creation
  and like a mirage:
Homage to him who dwelled
  within this wholesome knowledge.

The born and un-born: both
  are without true birth;
The produced and the destroyed:
  neither is to be seen.
Homage to the conqueror
  of abiding and non-abiding,
Who did abide in the very abode
  where abides the deepest Dharma

This very nature of thusness
  he thus perfectly taught
As he dwelled unwaveringly in
  knowledge of thusness itself.
Homage to him who equals
  an unmoving mountain,
Whose body is a mountain,
  a vajra, a victory banner."
-- Acharya Triratnadasa

From the book: "The Sublime Path of the Victorious Ones,"
Compiled by the office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama,
published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
posted to DailyDharma  

  From 'Zen Essence - The Science
of Freedom' by Thomas Cleary
Zen Hobbyists

There are intellectual professionals who
think they know everything but Zen, so
they call over a few incompetent old monks,
give them a meal, and have them say whatever
comes into their minds. The intellectuals
then write this babble down and use it to
judge everyone else. They trade sayings and
call this Zen encounter, imagining they have
gotten the advantage if they get in the last

They don't even know it if they happen to run
into real perceptives. Even if they do notice
the real ones, these intellectuals are not
really sure, and will not sincerely seek under-
standing from the teachers. They just seek
approval as before. Then when the teachers
demonstrate the real developmental impact of
Zen in the midst of all sorts of situations,
the intellectuals are afraid to approach.    

Looking for the Shortcut

When you have even a single thought of looking
for a shortcut in Zen, you have already stuck
your head in a bowl of glue.  


Many people today study Zen acquisitively-this
is truly a false idea about what has no false

Just make your mind free. But don't be too tense,
and don't be too loose-working this way will
save you unlimited mental energy.





By Nagarjuna
(150? - 250?)

English version by Stephen Batchelor

If something has an essence--
How can it ever change
Into anything else?

A thing doesn't change into something else--
Youth does not age,
Age does not age.

If something changed into something else--
Milk would be butter
Or butter would not be milk.

Were there a trace of something,
There would be a trace of emptiness.
Were there no trace of anything,
There would be no trace of emptiness.

Buddhas say emptiness
Is relinquishing opinions.
Believers in emptiness
Are incurable.

from Verses from the Center: A Buddhist Vision of the Sublime, by Nagarjuna / Translated by Stephen Batchelor

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