the mouth is so still

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“The mouth is so still that moss grows around it.”

Zen Master Hongzhi

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My Comment:

This implies that one’s thoughts, feelings, emotions, ambitions, cravings and various mental formations have subsided. Just to have the urge to experience such a state is valuable for our practice.

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medicine for the mind

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Just don’t seek from others or you’ll be far estranged from Self.

I now go on alone; everywhere I meet It: It is now me; I now am not It.

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illuminating spirits

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Zen Master Hongzhi:

With this unification I radiantly speak the dharma. The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits. Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications and accord fully without effort. The mirror is clear and magnanimous. The valley is empty, but echoes. From the beginning unbound by seeing or hearing, the genuine self romps and plays in samadhi without obstruction. When enacted like this, how could it not be beneficial?

source p. 50

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ancestors

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ancestor = Middle English: from Old French ancestre, from Latin antecessor, from antecedere, from ante ‘before’ + cedere ‘go’.

Zen Master Hongzhi:

Return to the Source and Serve the Ancestors

Those who produce descendants are called ancestors. Where the stream emerges is called the source. Continue reading

True Reality

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Zen Master Hongzhi:

The Practice of True Reality

The practice of true reality is simply to sit serenely in silent introspection. When you have fathomed this you cannot be turned around by external causes and conditions. This empty, wide open mind is subtly and correctly illuminating. Spacious and content, without confusion from inner thoughts of grasping, effectively overcome habitual behavior and realize the self that is not possessed by emotions.

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