The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Secrets on Cultivating the Mind

Section 14

Question: Through what expedients is it possible in one moment of thought to trace back [the radiance of one’s sense] faculties and awaken to the self-nature?
Chinul: [The numinous awareness] is just your own mind; what other expedients do you need? If you think you need expedients in order to seek understanding, you are like a person who, because he does not see his own eyes, assumes that he has no eyes and decides to figure out some other way to to see. But since he does in fact have his own eyes, how else is he supposed to see? If he realizes that in fact he has never lost [his eyes], this is then the same as seeing his eyes, and he no longer would try to find a way to see. How then would he have any thoughts that he could not see? Your own numinous awareness is exactly the same: since it is your own mind, how else are you going to understand? If you seek some other way to understand, you will never succeed in understanding. Simply knowing that there is nothing you need to understand is in fact seeing the nature.