Chapter II – On Prajna

Next day Prefect Wai asked the Patriarch to give another address. Thereupon, having taken his seat and asked the assembly to purify their mind collectively, and to recite the Maha PrajnaparamitaSutra, he gave the following address:-

Learned Audience, the Wisdom of Enlightenment is inherent in every one of us. It is because of the delusion under which our mind works that we fail to realise it ourselves, and that we have to seek the advice and the guidance of enlightened ones before we can know our own Essence of Mind. You should know that

so far as Buddha-nature is concerned,
there is no difference between an
enlightened man and an ignorant one.

What makes the difference is that
one realises it, while the other
is ignorant of it.

Now, let me talk to you about Maha Prajnaparamita, so that each of you can attain wisdom.

Learned Audience, those who recite the word ‘Prajna‘ the whole day long do not seem to know that Prajna is inherent in their own nature. But mere talking on food will not appease hunger, and this is exactly the case with these people. Continue reading “Chapter II – On Prajna”

65. What are the practices of going with and going against the flow? (& Q66 to Q69)

Although these are the techniques of practicing Tao in the Hou-tien, 10 understanding them is still necessary.

Whoever dissipates his vitality, spirit, and soul through ears and eyes is a commoner.

Whoever retrieves inward his vitality, spirit, and soul can become a Saint.

The practice of going with the flow dissipates. The practice of going against the flow retrieves. That is why Mencius said,

“To practice Tao, one needs nothing
but to retrieve his lost heart.”

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1. What is the true meaning of Tao?

In the beginning, the cosmos is a void without any form or substance. However, in this obscure state, there exists an indescribable abstruse energy. Without beginning or end, It is ever changing and continuously self-rejuvenating.

This energy created billions of galaxies, stars, and solar systems. It also created billions of life forms on Earth; including humans, animals and plants. Continue reading “1. What is the true meaning of Tao?”