The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Secrets on Cultivating the Mind

Section 28

In the case of an accomplished person, the meaning of maintaining samādhi and prajñā equally does not involve any specific activity: he is inherently spontaneous and unconcerned about place or time. When seeing forms or hearing sounds, he is “just so.” When wearing clothes or eating food, he is “just so.” When defecating or urinating, he is “just so.” When talking with people, he is “just so.” And even when walking, standing, sitting, and lying down, whether speaking or keeping silent, whether joyful or angry, at all times, he is “just so.” Like an empty boat riding on the waves, following the crests and troughs, or like a torrent flowing through the mountains, following the bends and straights, in all his thoughts he remains nescient. Today, he is at peace naturally in all situations without hindrances or constraints; tomorrow, in all situations he is naturally at peace. He follows all conditions without hindrances or constraints. He neither eradicates the unwholesome nor cultivates the wholesome. His character is irreproachable and unpretentious. Since his seeing and hearing have returned to normal, then there are no sense-objects with which to come in contact. Why would he need to bother with efforts at effacement? He has not a single thought that creates passion, so he need not make a pretense of forgetting all conditioning.