“Being one with it all is your practice. It is not your practice to say, “This isn’t good, I don’t want it,”
or “That’s a good thing, I’d like it.” You give that all up. You are free from acceptance and rejection. Then you will embrace real joy. This joy is so profound that you will not cling to it or fear its loss. You will find your inexhaustible treasure. You will possess your wish-fulfilling jewel, and you will lack nothing.”
“Do everything sincerely. Sincerely feel what you are feeling. Sincerely see what you are seeing. Sincerely express who you are. Sincerely experience what you are interested in experiencing. Look at others sincerely. Sincerely have curiosity. It’s okay. Whatever you do, just do it sincerely.”
“When you don’t have obsession,
When you don’t have hang-ups,
When you don’t have inhibition,
When you are not afraid you will be breaking certain rules,
When you are not afraid you will not fulfill somebody’s expectation,
What more enlightenment do you want?
“Since all things are naked, clear,
and free from obscurations,
there is nothing to attain or realize.
The everyday practice is simply to develop
a complete acceptance and openness
to all situations and emotions to all people-
Experiencing everything totally
without reservations or blockages,
so that one never withdraws or centralizes into ones-self.”
“As all things are buddha-dharma, there is delusion and realization, practice, birth and death, and there are buddhas and sentient beings. As the myriad things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth or death.”
“The buddha way is, basically, leaping clear of the many and the one; thus there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings and buddhas. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.”
“To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening. Those who have great realization of delusion are buddhas; those who are greatly deluded about realization are sentient beings.”
“You abide in the natural state of rest, the state of equalness, without affirming, without denying, without thinking, without describing, and without wavering. Other than this, there is no phenomenon, no mind, no karma, nothing to do, no effort, no view, no meditation, no conduct, no fruition, no basic space, no timeless awareness, no samsara, not even nirvana exists.
Since this state is naturally pristine, naturally resolved, naturally empty, naturally pure, and naturally decisive, there is not even the perception of some unique, unobstructed state of timeless perfection – just a freedom from restrictions, unobstructed as the naked state in which phenomena resolve.”
“The person with wisdom fundamentally does not dwell anywhere. The bright moon cherishes being carried away by the flowing water. The clouds part and the mountains appear. The moon sets and the water is cool. Each bit of autumn contains vast interpenetration without bounds.”— Honghzi Zengjue
“If the meditator is able to use whatever occurs in life as path, their body becomes a retreat hut. There is no need to add up the number of years they have been meditating, and they do not panic when "shocking" thoughts arise. Their awareness remains unbroken - like an old woman watching a child at play. As is said in a maha ati text, "complete realization is like unchanging space".
The yogi of maha ati may look like an ordinary person but their awareness is completely absorbed in nowness. They have no need of books because they see the whole mandala of existence as the mandala of the guru. For the yogi there is no speculation of the stages of the path. Their actions are spontaneous and therefore benefit all sentient beings. When they leave the physical body their consciousness becomes one with the dharmakaya, just as the air in a vase becomes one with surrounding space when the vase is broken. ”
“Sometime go outside and sit,
in the evening at sunset,
where there is a slight breeze that touches your body,
And makes the leaves and trees move gently.
You’re not trying to do anything, really.
You’re simply allowing yourself to be,
Very open from deep within,
Without holding on to anything whatsoever.
Don’t bring something back from the past, from a memory.
Don’t plan that something should happen.
Don’t hold on to anything in the present.
Nothing you perceive needs to be nailed down.
Simply let experience take place, very freely,
So that your empty, open heart
Is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion. ”
“The field of boundless emptiness is what exists from the very beginning. You must purify, cure, grind down, or brush away all the tendencies you have fabricated into apparent habits. Then you can reside in the clear circle of brightness. Utter emptiness has no image; upright independence does not rely on anything. Just expand and illuminate the original truth unconcerned by external conditions. Accordingly we are told not a single thing exists. In this field birth and death do not appear. The deep source, transparent down to the bottom, can radiantly shine and can respond unencumbered to each speck of dust without becoming its partner. The subtlety of seeing and hearing transcends mere colors and sounds. The whole affair functions without leaving traces, and mirrors without obscurations. Very naturally mind and dharmas emerge and harmonize. An Ancient said that non-mind embodies and fulfills the way of non-mind. Embodying and fulfilling the way of non-mind, finally you can rest. With thoughts clear, sitting silently, wander into the center of the circle of wonder. This is how you must penetrate and study. ”— Master Hongzhi