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But if they put it into prac­ tice unremittingly ♦ they realise its ‘true nature9. T o know this Dharma is to know the Dharma of Prajna,and to practise this is to practise Prajna. He who does not practise it is an ordinary man. He who directs his mind to practise it even for one moment is the equal of Buddha. Learned Audience 9 ordinary man is Buddha, and Klesa (de­ filement) is Bodhi (enlightenment). A foolish passing thought V makes one an ordinary man, while an enlightened second thought makes one a Buddha.

By chance, he saw the stanza,“ I am sorry to have troubled you to come so far,” he said to the artist. “ The walls need not be painted now ,as the Sutra says, ‘All forms or phenomena are transient and illusive. f It will be better to leave the stanza here,so that people may study it and recite it. If they put its teaching into actual practice, they will be saved from the misery of being born in these evil realms of existence (gatis). ” He then ordered incense to be burnt, and all his disciples to pay homage to it and to recite it, so that they might realise the 坛经•行由第一 14 袓三更唤秀入堂,问曰: ‘ 偈是汝作否 ?

E. , emancipated). Once the Tathata (Suchness,another name for the Essence of Mind) is known, one will be free from delusion for ever ;and in all circumstances, one’s mind will be in a state of ^Thusness. ’ Such a state of mind is absolute truth. If you can see things in such a frame of mind,you will have known the Essence of Mind, which is supreme enlightenment. “ You had better go back to think it over again for a couple of days,and then submit me another stanza. If your stanza shows that you have entered the ‘door of enlightenment 99 I will trans­ mit you the robe and the Dharma.

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