The Zen Master Hoshin lived in China many years. Then he returned to the northeastern part of Japan, where he taught his disciples. When he was getting very old, he told them a story he had heard in China. This is the story:
One year on...
THE INCONCEIVABLE STATE OF BUDDHAHOOD SUTRA
lehish: a kowtaaia post, on e-sangha, quoting from:
The Demonstration of the Inconceivable State of Buddhahood Sutra:
...Manjusri said to the Buddha, "So be it, World-Honored One. If good men and good women wish to know the state of Buddhahood, they should know that it is not a state of the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body, or the mind; nor is it a state of forms, sounds, scents, tastes, textures, or mental objects. World-Honored One, the nonstate is the state of Buddhahood. This being the case, what is the state of supreme enlightenment as attained by the Buddha?"
The Buddha said, "It is the state of emptiness, because all views are equal. It is the state of signlessness, because all signs are equal. It is the state of wishlessness, because the three realms are equal. It is the state of nonaction, because all actions are equal. It is the state of the unconditioned, because all conditioned things are equal."
Manjusri asked, "World-Honored One, what is the state of the unconditioned?"
The Buddha said, "The absence of thought is the state of the unconditioned."
Lionel: Isn't it still a black bean story? It is just like an ordinary taste of bean, friends! 3 CHEERS~~~
the d.o.m.: May the d.o.m. make a comment on the conversation between the Buddha and Manjusri?
lehish: dom not need "may" :D
the d.o.m.: The meal served by the Buddha was not completed yet, But Manjusri was already full.
lehish: :D thanking
DARKMATTER: "Absence of thought" is also the state of the sleeping.
lehish: >It is the state of the unconditioned, because all conditioned things are equal.<
shayne: THOUGHTS ARE PART OF REALITY. NOT BAD.
lehish: From the d.o.m. The meal served by the Buddha was not completed yet, But Manjusri was already full.