18 February 2013

Contemplation: The Torch of Wisdom

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

The four types of regulating and rectifying bring about the illumination of perfect quiescence in one life.  The five categories of preparatory practices train one's uncontrolled physical, verbal, and mental actions.  Though one experiences craving, one nevertheless can gain enlightenment concerning bodhi-wisdom.  By contemplating [the cycle of] birth and death one is awakened to Nirvana.  One crosses over this realm of delusion on the raft of practice, and thus completes this doctrine.  Where else can one seek the torch of wisdom [that illuminates] this dark room?
Gishin, The Collected Teachings of the Tendai Lotus School,   p. 105

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