Thursday, December 10, 2009

Zen Master Honzhi's Christmas Advice

Christmas message from Hongzhi (1091-1157:

Separate yourself from disturbance and face whatever appears before you. Not one iota seeps through from outside. The two forms (yin and yang) have the same root, and the ten thousand images have one substance. Following change and going along with transformation the whole is not clouded over by previous conditions. Then you reach the foundation of the great freedom. Wind blows and moon shines, and beings do not obstruct each other. Afterwards, settle back within and take responsibility. Wisdom returns and the principle is consummated. When you forget about merit your position is fulfilled. Do not fall for occupying honorable stations, but enter the current of the world and join with the delusion. Transcendent, solitary, and glorious, directly know that transmitting is merit, but having transmitted is not your own merit.
~Hongzhi (1091-1157?)


Barry said...

The holiday of no holiday!

Thank you, Ted and Hongzhi!

Ted Biringer said...

Hi Barry,

You are welcome. Thank You!