Some Very Powerful Words from the Buddha...
Question: If one has no thoughts, no ideas, no reflections, and no mental processes - how can one have a Buddha's knowledge of everything in all its aspects?
Answer: Once the false ideas no longer arise, as soon as one abstains from all of them, the true nature which exists within the core of our own being reveals itself and omniscience together with it.
Question: If we have no other duties apart from quiet contemplation, how can we be useful to other beings?
Answer: Even without thought-processes one can be useful to other beings. For one can be like the sun or moon whose rays light up all things, like the wishing jewel which can create anything, like the great earth which has the power to produce all things.
Question: You say that beings from the very beginning have the Buddha-nature within them. How can that be proved? Also, this doctrine resembles that of the outsiders who believe in a self. How does your doctrine differ from theirs?
Answer: The Buddha-nature, which is ours from the very beginning, is like the sun which emerges from the clouds, or like a mirror which, when rubbed, regains its original purity and clarity. From the outsiders we differ in that they do not admit that the Triple world is nothing but the manifestation of Mind itself.
Question: Are the various spiritual practices necessary?
Answer: A Sutra tells us that all we have to do is to abandon all discursive thinking and discrimination, and that thereby we are automatically endowed with all the spiritual practices. If one has take hold of the Suchness - and Suchness allows of no thought or discrimination - then thereby one becomes automatically possessed of all Dharmas, and one may then either engage in spiritual practices or one may not. But, as long as one has missed Suchness, it is indeed necessary to practice the six Perfections and the other methods of salvation. But 'Suchness contains all the Dharmas', and from its point of view no practice exists and no non-practice either.
More Words of the Buddha:
With all his attachments cut, with the heart's pining subdued, calm and serene and happy is he, for he has attained peace of mind.
He who does not strike nor makes others strike, who robs not nor makes others rob, sharing love with all that live, finds enmity with none.
Hate brings great misfortune, hate churns up and harms the mind; this fearful danger deep within most people do not understand.
One should first establish oneself in what is proper and only then try to instruct others. Doing this, the wise one will not be criticized.
Having killed anger you sleep in ease. Having killed anger you do not grieve. The noble ones praise the slaying of anger - with its honeyed crest & poison root - for having killed it you do not grieve.
If you hold yourself dear then don't fetter yourself with evil, for happiness isn't easily gained by one who commits a wrong-doing.
Winning gives birth to hostility. Losing, one lies down in pain. The calmed lie down with ease, having set winning & losing aside.
Let no one deceive another or despise anyone anywhere, or through anger or irritation wish for another to suffer.
Even when obstacles crowd in, the path to Nirvana can be won by those who establish mindfulness and bring to perfection equipoise.
All tremble at punishment. Life is dear to all. Put yourself in the place of others; kill none nor have another killed.
With desire the world is tied down. With the subduing of desire it's freed. With the abandoning of desire
all bonds are cut through.