The Essential Scripture...


The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Secrets on Cultivating the Mind

Section 33

Cultivation of the [relative] samādhi and prajñā that adapts to signs: this [type] involves the use of the counteractive measures that are cultivated prior to awakening by those of inferior faculties in the gradual school; thought-moment after thought-moment, one eliminates confusion, so this is a practice that clings to stillness. These two approaches differ in their respective suddenness or gradualness; they should not be applied haphazardly. Although the counteractive measures of the [relative] approach that adapts to signs are also discussed in the approach involving cultivation after awakening, it does not employ in their entirety the practices of those of inferior faculties in the gradual school. It adopts its expedients, but only as a temporary measure. This is because in the sudden school too there are those whose faculties are superior and those whose faculties are inferior; their “baggage” [K. haengni, viz., their characters and comportments] cannot be weighed according to a single standard.