The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Secrets on Cultivating the Mind

Section 1

The three realms of existence are blazing in affliction as if they were a house on fire. How can you bear to tarry here and complacently undergo such extended suffering? If you wish to avoid wandering on in saṃsāra, there is no better way than to seek buddhahood. If you want to seek buddhahood—the buddha is the mind, so how can you search for the mind in the far distance? It is not outside the body. The physical body is a phantom, for it is subject to birth and death; the true mind is like space, for it is uninterrupted and immutable. Therefore, it is said, “These hundred bones will crumble and return to fire and wind. But One Thing is eternally numinous and envelops heaven and earth.”