Dajian Hui-neng or Huineng

Dajian
Hui-neng or Huineng
678
713

Seventh Century Chinese Sage, Sixth Patriarch of the School of Meditation (Ch'an), Zen Monastic

Author Quotes

People under delusion accumulate tainted merits but do not tread the Path.
They are under the impression that to accumulate merits and to tread the
Path are one and the same thing. Though their merits for alms-giving and offerings are infinite. They do not realize that the ultimate source of sin lies in the three poisons within their own mind. They expect to expiate their sins by accumulating merit. Without knowing that felicities obtained in future lives have nothing to do with the expiation of sins. Why not get rid of the sin within our own mind, for this is true repentance?

Look within! ... The secret is inside you.

Confused by thoughts, we experience duality in life. Unencumbered by ideas,
the enlightened see the one Reality.

Within our impure mind the pure one is to be found.

Never under any circumstances say that meditation and wisdom are different; they are one unity, not two things. Meditation itself is the substance of wisdom; wisdom itself is the function of meditation.

When our mind works freely without any hindrance, and is at liberty to 'come' or to 'go', we attain Samadhi of Prajna, or liberation. Such a state is called the function of 'thoughtlessness'. But to refrain from thinking of anything, so that all thoughts are suppressed, is to be Dharma-ridden, and this is an erroneous view.

The meaning of life is to see.

Author Picture
First Name
Dajian
Last Name
Hui-neng or Huineng
Birth Date
678
Death Date
713
Bio

Seventh Century Chinese Sage, Sixth Patriarch of the School of Meditation (Ch'an), Zen Monastic