Quote Archives: Sengcan

Like dreams of flowers in air ~ Sengcan

Rest and unrest derive from illusion; with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking. All dualities come from ignorant inference. They are like dreams of flowers in air: foolish to try to grasp them. Gain and loss, right and wrong; such thoughts must finally be abolished at once. Sengcan

Do not search for the truth ~ Sengcan

To return to the root is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss the source. At the moment of inner enlightenment, there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness. The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance. Do not search for […]

Trying to stop activity ~ Sengcan

When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity. As long as you remain in one extreme or the other, you will never know Oneness. Sengcan

The greatest of all mistakes ~ Sengcan

The wise man strives to no goals but the foolish man fetters himself. There is one Dharma, not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant. To seek Mind with discriminating mind is the greatest of all mistakes. Sengcan

The road to nonduality ~ Sengcan

One thing, all things; move among and intermingle, without distinction. To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about nonperfection. To live in this faith is the road to nonduality, because the nondual is one with the trusting mind. Sengcan

Assertion and denial ~ Sengcan

Those who do not live in the single Way fail in both activity and passivity, assertion and denial. To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality; to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality. Sengcan

Always before your eyes ~ Sengcan

Emptiness here, Emptiness there, but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes. Sengcan