01 August 2011

Contemplation: Seeing Buddha

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take this as your object of contemplation:

If, seeing Buddha, one knows there is no Buddha in Buddha, if, seeing Buddha's marks and embellishments, one knows marks and embellishments are not marks and embellishments, and knows that Buddha and the marks are like space, and in space there is no Buddha, much less any marks and embellishments, then, seeing Buddha is not Buddha, one sees Buddha, and seeing the marks are not marks, one sees the marks, and aspires to equal Buddha and liberate countless sentient beings, this is arousing the aspiration for enlightenment by seeing marks and embellishments of the higher adaptive embodiment of Buddha, seeking above and teaching below.

Chih-i, Stopping and Seeing, p. 17

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