Sangha notes for 4-24-17

Steve read from The Zen Teaching of Huang Po, translated by John Blofeld:
“It is only in contradistinction to greed, anger and ignorance that abstinence, calm and wisdom exist.
Without illusion, how could there be Enlightenment? Therefore Bodhidharma said: ‘The Buddha enunciated
all Dharmas in order to eliminate every vestige of conceptual thinking. If I refrained entirely from conceptual
thought, what would be the use of all the Dharmas?’ Attach yourselves to nothing beyond the pure Buddha-Nature
which is the source of all things.  Suppose you were to adorn the Void with countless jewels, how could they
remain in position? The Buddha-Nature is like the Void; though you were to adorn it with inestimable merit
and wisdom, how could they remain there? They would only serve to conceal its original Nature and to
render it invisible.”