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Grand Master Lu`s Dharma talk (summary) after Saturday Group Practice on December 19, 2009

2009-12-19 Seattle Lei Zang Temple, Redmond, Washington

Translated by: TBTT
Summarized by Vicky Tseng, proofread by Angela Yeh, edited by Justin Chiu


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六祖說:「 用即遍一切處,亦不著一切處。但淨本心,使六識出六門,於六塵中無染無雜,來去自由,通用無滯,即是般若三昧、自在解脫,名無念行。若百物不思,當令念絕,即是法縛,即名邊見。 」

Employed, it pervades everywhere, yet does not cling to anything. Just purify self mind, make the six consciousnesses exit the six gates, without being defiled in six dusts. To come and go freely, functioning without hindrances, is prajna samadhi; is being free and liberated; is no-thought practice. However, to not think of anything, quashing all thoughts, is dharma bondage; is an extreme view.

When we exercise our wisdom, it is applied fully in all places; and yet, our wisdom, being alive and unfettered, does not stay or dwell in any place. As long as your mind is purified, the use of your six consciousnesses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and dharma emanating from your eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and consciousness, respectively) will not contaminate or obscure you. This way your wisdom, your Buddha nature may come and go freely and without hindrance or obstruction. This is Prajna Samadhi, a perfection of wisdom. This level of achievement is free and liberated, also known as “the no-thought practice?

If you think that “no-thought?means not thinking at all, or the banishment of all thoughts, then you are bound or trapped by the dharma, and such a view is an extreme view. This is not a Buddha’s righteous view. Like a child at an art exhibit looking at paintings, the child does not have the mind or the capacity to understand the paintings; rather, s/he can only sense the richness and beauty of colors. They soon afterwards forget what they just saw. Such can be likened to the practice of no-thought.

Our society is full of worldly affairs and constant changes be they interpersonal, family, and/or between nations. If you are a practitioner, you may quickly dismiss these affairs, even though at the time you are touched by what you see. But these thoughts quickly dissipate. Why? Because you know the world is what it is. What you read and see in the media these days almost always revolves around money, sex, fame, food, and sleep. We practitioners are not attached to these things because we see through them. When you don’t make a big deal out of something, then it is “the practice of no-thought?

According to the Sixth Patriarch, it is wrong to think that no-thought means completely devoid of thoughts (like a rock). We might as well knock you unconscious so you really have no thoughts. This kind of “unconsciousness?is different from the Six Patriarch’s notion of “no-thought? The notion of “no-thought?is when you clearly understand and see through all things with complete lucidity such that your mind is incapable of being contaminated. This is the true meaning of “no-thought?

Everyone has a discriminating mind thus we are all bound by attachments. For the practice of no-thought, the true dharma is that no matter what environment you are in, you never discriminate nor differentiate. Your mind will not be contaminated nor obscured by anything. This level of lucid wisdom can be called the highest level of the state of mind. It is as if you’re seeing things through the eyes of the Buddha: people from all walks of life are seemingly different and yet they all have the same Buddha nature. If you can achieve this through cultivation, then you will be enlightened by having what the Sixth Patriarch called the Prajna Samadhi.

We should learn that all human beings are equal. This applies to animals and other biological organisms as well. Buddha views all the above as equal and the same. This is the Sixth Patriarch’s point on “the practice of no-thought? Only this kind of thinking can lead to freedom and liberation.

The statement of people abandoning a cultivating mind is not correct. If you have obtained a cultivating mind, you will never give it up. Those who give up a cultivating mind should know that they never had or accepted it in the first place. Such people’s main goal in life is gold, money or material possessions.

It is my hope that everyone takes care of their body and soul. Be happy every single day. Our emotions should not be affected or influenced by others?words or stare, or by anything else. Being able to see through everything and not be affected or contaminated is called “the practice of no-thought? also known as the Prajna Samadhi.
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