This is called revealing yourself and manifesting the original-ground. In zazen both body and mind drop off. Zazen is far beyond the form of sitting or lying down. Free from considerations of good and evil, zazen transcends distinctions between ordinary people and sages, it goes far beyond judgements of deluded or enlightened. Zazen includes no boundary between sentient beings and buddha. Therefore put aside all affairs, and let go of all associations.

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Where there is emptiness, already there is form. It is said he received ordination as a monk in C. He is said to have taught the residents the Mahaprajnaparamity sutra, or "Discourse on the Heart of Vast and Perfect Knowing", and the bandits when hearing this abandoned their siege.

Was the chanting that bad? Daoxin felt pity for them and so he taught them to chant the "Great Transcendent Wisdom". When the bandits were scouting over the wall of the city, the people appeared to them to be like war-gods. They said to each other that there was something very strange about the people of this city and that perhaps they would be better off to just leave them alone.

They gradually withdrew. Now what this brings to mind is, oh, bagpipes and how these were used to scare the enemy and so on, loud noises Now, Dayi Daoxin eventually settled at East Mountain Temple and he taught Chan, or Zen for 30 years, apparently attracting lots of practitioners. Some records say there were over lay persons and monks. He was asked to come to the capital three times but refused. The last time, the emperor instructed his emissary to bring back Daoxin or his head and the emissary told this to Daoxin, who stuck his head forward, bared his neck and indicated something like: "Bring it!

Daoxin was the first Chan Master to settle permanently for an extended period of time in one place. As you will remember; Bodhidharma, Huike, Sengcan wandered from place to place, but Daoxin settled and established a monastic community, which seems to have worked so well that it led to many monastic Chan communities across China.


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Transmission of light. I do not pay obeisance to Buddha, yet I do not disregard Buddha either. I do not sit for long periods, yet I am not lazy. I do not limit my meals, yet I do not eat indiscriminately either.


The Denkoroku: or The Record of the Transmission of the Light

His original name was Bodhitara and he was the third son of the king of Koshi in southern India. This king was a great devotee of the Buddhadharma and once he made an offering of a precious jewel to Prajnatara. The king had three sons, named Chandravimalatara, Punyatara and Bodhitara. Wishing to test the wisdom of these three princes, Prajnatara held up the jewel that their father had offered and said, "Is there anything which can compare to this jewel? Only one of your spiritual greatness would be worthy to receive it. This has only a mundane glittering and cannot be considered to be the highest because the lustre of wisdom is supreme. This has a mundane clarity and cannot be considered to be the finest because the clarity of Awareness is supreme.


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