A Wake-Up Sermon


Whoever realizes that the six senses aren???t real, that the five aggregates are fictions, that no such things can be located anywhere in the body understands the language of buddhas. The sutras say, ???The cave of five aggregates is the hall of zen.  The opening of the inner eye is the door of the Great Vehicle.??? What could be clearer?

 

Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha.  The buddhas of the ten directions have no mind.  To see no mind is to see the buddha.

With a family to raise and bills to pay, the idyllic life of a contemplative monk seems like a fairy tale. The challenge is to live with all that comes with living the average life of an average nobody, and still practicing to overcome attachment to form and to the illusion of the physical senses.

Keep in mind, though, that there’s a big difference between emptiness and nothingness.

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