22 December 2014

Contemplation: To Enter Nirvana

After reviewing the guidelines for practice, take the following as your contemplation:
To enter into Nirvāna. When we look at the lion and the gold, the marks of both are exhausted. At this point, the passion-desires no longer arise even though beauty and ugliness are displayed before one's eyes. The mind is tranquil like the sea; all disturbing and delusory thoughts are extinguished, and there are no compulsions. One emerges from bondage and is free from all hindrances. The source of all suffering is forever cut off, and this is called entering into Nirvāna. 
 From Fazang's Treatise on the Golden Lion , courtesy of The Zen Site. 

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