Translated a short excerpt, short yet incredibly important understanding from teacher hong wen Liang’s lecture. After reading 300 pages, I understand how much he wanted to get this across to his students. I couldn’t translate the /// part, probably will need Soh Wei Yu expertise haha. May you benefit.
Let me tell all of you, what exactly is delusion? If you take a form you experience, and take it as there’s a real form over there; while I am over here, concretely real looking over to that real form, this is delusion. On the other hand, enlightenment is when you do not wrongly take the fake self to be real anymore. Over there, there is no real form really existing in itself, it is actually “empty yet vividly present”. It appearance is “nothing there yet fully presence-ing”. While on this ‘me’ side, it’s the same, “nothing there yet fully presence-ing”, arising dependently on conditions, not that there is an “I/Me” here really existing. Seeing and Seen, both are empty in inherent nature, both arising dependently on conditions. This is what you call dependent arising, empty nature. If you are clear about this, seeing and hearing are all dharma, arises when the conditions are ripe, ceases when the conditions are not there, changing without any obstacles.
Those who have not seen their true nature, it is always “I am hearing that sound”. The I and the sound are separated, I on the inside and the world on the outside, is always separated and against each other. If one experience like this they will never become a Buddha, they are also not a good disciple of the Buddha. If there is a ‘me’ learning the dhamma, praying that I will get blessing, I want to be a buddha, I want to get enlightened, using these methods to practise you will always be practising with a fake self. Consequently, you will have deeper delusion of “I”, deviating further away from the true path.
The true dhamma and practise are very important, it will allow you to realize your true self. How to realise? It is not “I”realise, I realise that this is not a me. If you do that, you are using a fake self to realise the true self.
Then what should we do? Just sit and allow your 6 senses to be natural in their natural way.
The 6 senses are always natural, alive in their “suchness’. This is what we call /// so natural. This is how it is! This means that only when you really sit and meditate, you will understand how boundless our mind is, with myriads of function. Because of the eye there is form, because of the ear there is sound, Because of the nose there is smell, Because of the tongue there is taste, Because of the body there is touch, Because there is a mind there is knowing, all actions and movements are the Dharmakayas. The 6 senses never had any attachment or disturbance, no desire or aversion, all equally arise when conditions mature and ceases when conditions gone, all naturally liberating itself.
Buddha Sakyamuni personally said, if you can let the myriads dharma/objects to prove that there is no you, if you can simply just sit and meditate that way, if you practise like that, you only need the time that an ant takes to move from the tip of your nose to your forehead, this is more powerful than you using an ‘I’ to sit for ten years or a hundred years. If you use an ‘I’ to practise, you won’t get it even one hundred million years, it’s impossible. Because there is a ‘You’ who wants to become a buddha!
So the method of “simply just sit’, it’s the true dhamma from true lineages. When you sit you are doing the buddha, doing buddha’s sacred work. Whenever you have no delusion, that moment you are doing a Buddha’s action, that is why this is call the dharma gate of great ease and joy.
~洪文亮 Teacher Hong Wen Liang.
Feel inspired so I translate a powerful paragraph. correct me if I m wrong
Have a good day!
万法來证明无我 - 洪文亮法师
身心就是道场。 忘自己又千万不可用「自己」忘自己。 那么，怎么修行呢？ 不要起心动念去
<The Dharmas are proof of No-Self>- Teacher Hong Wen Liang
Master Dao Yuan used to say, “Learning about the Dhamma is just learning about your self/Self, learning about your self/Self is to forget one self/Self. Learning about one self/Self is not the look elsewhere, your own body-mind is your monastery. Do not use your “self/Self” to forget about your “self/Self”. Then, how is it to practise? Do not have the intention to practise some special methods, or use the self/Self to get enlightened.
Eye sees, ear hears, nose smells, tongue tastes, body touches, mind thinks, these are the dharmakayas. Dharmakaya changes incessantly, without a trace, neither exist nor not exist, without a disturbance to the body-mind, why is there a need of a self/Self to control, to be aware of seeing, smelling, feeling, knowing?
Use the myriads of objects/phenomenas to kill the ‘self/Self’, when this ‘thief’ is killed, that is the quiescence of all dharma/ nibbana.
Soh Wei Yu
Yin Ling makes a good point. Dogen emphasizes the need to see through the view of an unchanging Absolute, so it is not just 'self' that is seen through and dissolved but also the delusion that there exists an ultimate 'Self'. Similar to http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/.../thusnesss-six...
Dogen on refutation of an unchanging ultimate awareness, the eternalism of Shrenika: http://www.awakeningtoreality.com/.../non-duality-of...
Also I pasted some excerpts by Shohaku Okumura on Dogen that deals with this topic very nicely: http://www.awakeningtoreality.com/.../dogen-on-bright...
Soh Wei Yu “ In Genjokoan, Dogen used the word jiko() and banpo(), and he said that conveying the self toward myriad things and carry out practice-enlightenment is delusion, and all myriad things coming toward the self and carrying out practice-enlightenment through the self is realization”
I really like this too. Dogen has a way of bringing out the taste really well.
Another one is the “seeing water from water“ … I think it’s from him too. Very powerful few words.
The rest I cannot understand too cryptic
Dragan Milojević nah, Dogen is a master.
self or Self is just as expression.
Most ppl stuck at Self hence why I express like that.
If one is stuck at Self, they cannot be enlightened by the myriads object.
Dogen words already indirectly pointed that out. It’s subtle but he is a master.
It’s a masterful quote, it delivers the awakened state very beautifully with sparse words hence I wanted to translate it