The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra in Forty-Two Sections

Section 18

The Buddha said, “My dharma is to be mindful of thoughts that are free of thought, to practice the practice that is free of practice, to speak words that are wordless, and to cultivate the cultivation that is free of cultivation. Those who understand this are close by it; those who are deluded to this are far away indeed. Once all pathways of words and speech are eradicated, there will be nothing that binds you. But if you are off by even a hair’s breadth, you will lose it in an instant.”