awakened mind


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…from the point of view of awakened mind, all the hindrances in our lives are themselves simply the manifestations of the luminous field of truth, which we have the opportunity to illuminate and shed in ongoing awakening.

Zen Master Hongzhi

source PDF p. 40




the jade thread enters the golden needle


Shikantaza and Silent Illumination

I have chosen some passages from master Sheng-yen’s lecture, which is in full below. These passages are the ones that are most relevant for me in my practice at present. You will find the entire lecture under these excerpts.


You are very clear about the state of your body and mind.

You reach a point where the mind does not move and yet is very clear. That unmoving mind is “silent,” and that clarity of mind is “illumination.” This is the meaning of “silent illumination.”

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