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

Undisturbed mind ~ Sengcan

When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, and when a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way. Sengcan

No two ~ Sengcan

To come directly into harmony with this reality just simply say when doubt arises, “Not two.” In this “not two” nothing is separate, nothing is excluded. No matter when or where, enlightenment means entering this truth. And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space; in it a single thought is ten […]

Identical With True Enlightenment ~ Sengcan

If you wish to move in the One Way do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas. Indeed, to accept them fully is identical with true Enlightenment. Sengcan

Freed from bondage ~ Sengcan

With a single stroke we are freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing. All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, with no exertion of the mind’s power. Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination are of no value. In this world of Suchness there is neither self nor other-than-self. Sengcan

Definitions have vanished ~ Sengcan

Infinitely large and infinitely small; no difference, for definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen. So too with Being and non-Being. Waste no time in doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this. Sengcan

Clinging cannot be limited ~ Sengcan

Clinging cannot be limited; even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray. Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going. Sengcan

Released from all entanglements ~ Sengcan

To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all entanglements. When all things are seen equally the timeless Self-essence is reached. No comparisons or analogies are possible in this causeless, relationless state. Consider motion in stillness and stillness in motion; both movement and stillness disappear. When such dualities cease to exist […]

Perfect like vast space ~ Sengcan

The Way is perfect like vast space where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess. Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things. Be serene in the oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves. Sengcan

Obey the nature of things ~ Sengcan

Obey the nature of things and you will walk freely and undisturbed. When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear. The burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations? Sengcan

The mind’s essential peace ~ Sengcan

When the deep meaning of things is not understood the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail. Sengcan

The unity of emptiness ~ Sengcan

Things are objects because there is a subject or mind; and the mind is a subject because there are objects. Understand the relativity of these two and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness. In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable and each contains in itself the whole world. If you do not discriminate between […]

Life in true faith ~ Sengcan

For the unified mind in accord with the Way all self-centered striving ceases. Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible. Sengcan

Even a trace of this and that ~ Sengcan

Do not remain in the dualistic state; avoid such pursuits carefully. If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong, the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion. Although all dualities come from the One, do not be attached even to this One. Sengcan