The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Secrets on Cultivating the Mind

Section 27

If you claim, “Initially control conditioned thoughts with calmness and subsequently control dullness with alertness; these initial and subsequent counteractive techniques subdue both dullness and agitation and one thereby will access quiescence”: this is [samādhi and prajñā] as practiced by those of inferior faculties in the gradual school. Although [this approach also] claims that alertness and calmness should be maintained equally, it cannot avoid clinging to stillness as its practice. How then will it enable those who would understand this matter never to leave the fundamental calm and fundamental awareness and to cultivate concurrently samādhi and prajñā naturally in all situations? As Caoqi said, “The practice of awakening oneself has nothing to do with disputation. If you argue about comes first and last, you are a deluded person.”