Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics
INSCRIPTIONS ON THE MIND KING (EXCERPT)
Contemplate the mind, the king of emptiness; it is
subtle and obscure, shapeless and formless, and has
wondrous powers. It is able to eradicate countless
calamities and to accomplish all merits. It can cause
one’s body to do either evil or good. Thus, it is
advised to guard and prevent oneself from the
instantaneous creation of karmas, which casts one
back to the sea of suffering. A pure mind is like gold
in this world; the treasure of prajna wisdom is found
entirely within the body and mind.
BUDDHA SELECTION COURT
All sentient beings gather from the ten directions,
Each to study the unconditioned.
This is the place to choose Buddhahood;
Empty the mind and return successfully.
WOODEN MAN, FLOWERS, AND BIRDS
If the phenomenal world has never crossed one’s
mind, what does it matter if one is constantly being
surrounded by its objects?
An iron ox does not fear a roaring lion; it is just as
flowers and birds in the eyes of a wooden man.
Intrinsically, the wooden man has an insentient
nature, while flowers and birds are never frightened
Similarly, the mind is just in such a state; why worry
about failure to attain enlightenment?