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Sayings and Doings of Pai-chang (Zen writings series) Paperback – 1978
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awareness and emptiness are one. form and emptiness are one.
perhaps the secret is not to be attached to that awareness or emptiness. that is true emptiness. detachment is true emptiness.
Pai Chang/Baizhang said the following:
"To speak of the mirror awareness is still not really right; by way of the impure, discern the pure. If you say the immediate mirror awareness is correct, or that there is something else beyond the mirror awareness, this is all delusion. If you keep dwelling in the immediate mirror awareness, this too is the same as delusion; it is called the mistake of naturalism. [p33 The Extensive record, included within Thomas Cleary's "Sayings and Doing of Pai Chang" 1978 Center Publications [a wonderful book]
"Letting go of knowledge in the midst of knowing is like the subtle within the subtle. This is the sphere of the enlightened ones, whence you really come to know; this is called the pinnacle of meditation, the king of meditation."[p43 Sayings and Doings of Pai Chang]
another clear pointer towards detachment is in the following Pai Chang quote:
"In Mahayana, maha means "great" and "yana" means vehicle. If you hold fast to your own inherent knowing and awareness, you too will become a naturalistic heretic. Do not remain in your immediate mirror awareness, but do not seek enlightenment elsewhere." [p 63. Sayings and Doings of Pai Chang]
what is it?... it is not even emptiness, saying this you see true emptiness. seeing true emptiness you see what is right infront of you right now.
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