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The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, Vol. 1

Quotes from The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

 

"The patriarch kept his robe (kaṣāya) hidden and would not let anyone see it. He preached the Diamond Sutra for me. When he reached the word...."should be non-abiding and bringing forth the mind,” I experienced instantaneous enlightenment, [realizing that] all the myriad dharmas do not transcend their self-natures. I informed the patriarch of this, saying:

“No matter when, the self-natures are fundamentally and naturally pure.

No matter when, the self-natures are fundamentally neither generated nor extinguished.

No matter when, the self-natures are fundamentally and naturally sufficient unto themselves.

No matter when, the self-natures are fundamentally without movement.

No matter when, the self-natures are able to generate the myriad dharmas.”

 

六祖大師法寶壇經》卷 1

【「祖以袈裟遮圍,不令人見,為說《金剛經》;至應無所住而生其心,惠能言下大悟「一切萬法,不離自性」。遂啟祖言:「何期自性本自清淨,何期自性本不生滅,何期自性本自具足,何期自性本無動搖,何期自性能生萬法。」】

 


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