Daily Archives: April 12, 2017

Sangha notes for 4-10-17

An excerpt from True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh:
“In meditation we act according to the principle of nonviolence. This is because I know that I am happiness and that I am also suffering, That I am understanding and I am also ignorance. For this reason, I must take care of both these aspects. I must not discriminate against one of them. I must not suppress one in favor of the other. I know that each of them is vitally necessary for the other. The Buddha tells us that, ‘If this exists, that exists.’ This exists because that exists. So there should be no conflict, no violence, between one element of our being and another element of our being. There should only be an effort of taking care and being able to transform. So we must have a nonviolent attitude in regard to our suffering, our pain. We must take care of our suffering the way we would take care of our own baby.”

Sangha notes for 4-3-17

Greg read a passage from The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, translated by John Blofeld:
“Q: If there is nothing on which to lay hold, how is the Dharma to be transmitted?
A: It is a transmission of Mind with Mind.
Q: If Mind is used for transmission, why do you say that Mind too does not exist?
A: Obtaining no Dharma whatever is called Mind transmission. The understanding of this Mind
implies no Mind and no Dharma.
Q: If there is no Mind and no Dharma, what is meant by transmission?
A: You hear people speak of Mind transmission and then you talk of something to be received.
So Bodhidharma said: ‘The nature of the Mind when understood,
No human speech can compass or disclose.
Enlightenment is naught to be attained,
And he that gains it does not say he knows.’
Q: Surely the void stretching out in front of our eyes is objective. Then aren’t you pointing to
something objective and seeing Mind in it?
A: What sort of Mind could I tell you to see in an objective environment? Even if you could
see it, it would only be Mind reflected in an objective sphere. You would be like a man
looking at his face in a mirror; though you could distinguish your features in it clearly,
you would still be looking at a mere reflection. What bearing has this on the affair
that brought you to me?”