Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Another Cloud

When, outwardly, a man is attached to form, his inner mind is disturbed. But when outwardly he is not attached to form, his mind is not disturbed. His original nature is pure and quiet as it is in itself; only when it recognizes an objective world, and thinks of it as something, is it disturbed. Those who recognize an objective world and yet find their mind undisturbed are in true enlightenment.

Hui-neng, the 8th century Chinese Chan monastic, explains what enlightenment is in simple terms.

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