The capacity of the mind is broad and huge, like the vast sky. Do not sit with a mind fixed on emptiness.
If you do you will fall into a neutral kind of emptiness. Emptiness
includes the sun, moon, stars, and planets, the great earth, mountains
and rivers, all trees and grasses, bad men and good men, bad things and
good things, heaven and hell; they are all in the midst of emptiness.
The emptiness of human nature is also like this.
Self-nature contains the ten thousand things ...The
ten thousand things are all in self-nature. Although you see all men
and non-men, evil and good, evil things and good things, you must
not throw them aside, nor must you cling to them, nor must you be
stained by them
, but you must regard them as being just like the
empty sky. .... There are deluded men who make their minds empty
and do not think, and to this they give the name of 'great.' This, too,
No-thought is not to think even when involved in thought. ...
To be unstained in all environments is called no-thought. ...
True Reality is the substance of thoughts; thoughts are the function
of True Reality. If you give rise to thoughts from your self-nature,
then, although you see, hear, perceive, and know, you are not stained
by the manifold environments, and are always free.
Sutra says: 'Externally, while distinguishing well all the forms of the
various dharmas, internally he stands firm within the First Principle.' ...
If you have awakened to the prajna samadhi, this then is no-thought, What is no-thought? The Dharma
of no-thought means: even though you see all things, you do not attach
to them, but, always keeping your own nature pure
... Even though you are in the
midst of the six dusts [sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and idea], you do not stand apart from them, yet are not
stained by them, and are free to come and go.
This is the prajna samadhi,
and being free and having achieved release is known as the practice
From the outset the Dharma has been in the world;
Being in the world, it transcends the world.
Hence do not seek the transcendental world outside,
By discarding the present world itself.
Erroneous views are of this world,
Correct views transcend this world.
If you smash completely the erroneous and the correct,
Then the nature of enlightenment (bodhi) will be revealed as it is.