Book of Serenity 45

Book of Serenity (Shoyoroku, Congrong Lu) #45
Four Phrases from the Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment

About the Sutra
The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment or Complete Enlightenment (Chinese: Yuánjué jīng; Japanese: Engaku-kyo) is a Mahāyāna Buddhist sūtra highly esteemed by both the Huayan and Zen schools. The sutra is divided into twelve chapters as a series of discussions on meditation practice. It deals with issues such as the meaning and origin of ignorance, sudden and gradual enlightenment, original Buddhahood. It was intended to resolve questions regarding doctrine and meditation for the earliest practitioners of the Chan school. It is traditionally attributed to Buddhatrāta, an Indian or Kashmiri monk otherwise unattested in history, who translated the work from Sanskrit in 693. Some scholars, however, believe it to be Chinese in origin and written in the late 7th or early 8th century CE. It is considered a creative reformulation that assembles the teaching from the Shurangama Sutra and Awakening of Faith. (adapted from Wikipedia)

The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment says:
"At all times, you do not raise the delusive mind.
When there are all kinds of illusory thoughts, you do not extinguish them.
Dwelling in the delusory state of mind, you do not add understanding.
Where there is no understanding, you do not distinguish the truth."


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