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To: alt.zen
Subject: Re: Suchness
Date: 49941115

[Zen has roots in the Madhyamika School founded by Nagarjuna about the
second century A.D. Nagarjuna's teachings also greatly influenced
Tibetan Buddhism. The following lines are taken from the Mahamudra
Prayer of the Third Karmapa (1284-1339). It is a beautiful elucidation
of "suchness" that I'm sure any Zen teacher would appreciate. Nagarjuna's
teaching of the "middle way" is evident here. I found a Zen koan
that points to the same teaching, "Dogo Tends the Sick," which is
Case 83 of the Book of Equanimity. I hope others can share more examples
of this teaching. Gassho, Babs]

The significance of the ground is the two truths, 
free from the extremes of eternalism and nihilism.
The excellent path, the two accumulations,
free from the extremes of assumption and denial.
The result obtained is the two benefits,
free from the extremes of existence and peace.
May I meet the Dharma, which is free from error.

The ground of refinement is mind itself--indivisible luminosity and emptiness:
the refining--the great vajra composure of Mahamudra:
What is to be refined--the incidental stains of confusion:
The result of refining--the unstained Dharmakaya: may I realize it.

Confidence in outlook is cutting assumptions about the ground.
The key to meditation is maintaining that without distraction.
The supreme activity is to exercise the sense of meditation in everything.
May I have confidence in outlook, meditation and activity.

All Dharmas are projections of the mind,
As for mind, there is no mind; mind's nature is empty.
Empty and immediate, mind appears as everything.
Investigating it well, may I settle the basic points.

Appearances, which never existed in themselves, have been confused as 
Awareness itself, because of ignorance, has been confused as a self;
Through the power of dualistic fixation I wander in the realm of existence.
May ignorance and confusion be completely resolved.

It doesn't exist; even Buddhas do not see it.
It doesn't NOT exist; it is the origin of Samsara and Nirvana.
No contradiction; conjunction, the middle way.
May I realize the pure being of mind, free from extremes.

If one says, "It is this," nothing has been posited.
If one says, "It is not this," nothing has been denied.
Unconditioned pure being transcends intellect.
May I gain conviction in the ultimate position.

Not realizing it, one circles in the ocean of Samsara.
Realizing it, Buddha isn't anywhere else.
"It is everything," "It isn't anything"; none of this.
May pure being, the basis of everything, be realized.

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