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E ven during the cataclysmic fire at the end of a Kalpa, when ocean beds are burnt dry, or during the blowing of the catastrophic wind when one mountain topples on another, the real and everlasting bliss of ‘Perfect Rest’ and ‘Cessation of Changes’ of Nirvana remains in the same state and changes not.




Buddhism 8015 | 
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra, ch.7, translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 







T he Supreme Maha-Parinirvana is perfect, permanent, calm, and illuminating.




Buddhism 8014 | 
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra,ch.7, translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 







W hen our mind is under delusion, the Saddharma Pundarika Sutra ‘turns us round’. With an enlightened mind we ‘turn round’ the Sutra instead. To recite the Sutra for a considerable time without knowing its principal object indicates that you are a stranger to its meaning. The correct way to recite the Sutra is without holding any arbitrary belief. Otherwise, it is wrong. He who is above ‘Affirmative’ and ‘Negative’ rides permanently in the White Bullock Cart (the Vehicle of Buddha).




Buddhism 7973 | 
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra,ch.7, translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 







H ow unexpected! The selfnature is originally pure in itself. How unexpected! The self-nature is originally neither produced nor destroyed55. How unexpected! The self-nature is originally complete in itself. How unexpected! The self-nature is originally without movement. How unexpected! The self-nature can produce the ten thousand dharmas.




Buddhism 7962 | 
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra,ch.1, translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 
55 Non-arising and non-ceasing.







O ur Essence of Mind which is the seed or kernel of enlightenment (Bodhi) is pure by nature, and by making use of this mind alone we can reach Buddhahood directly.




Buddhism 7959 | 
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra,ch.1, translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 







T he Kingdom of Buddha is in this world, within which enlightenment is to be sought. To seek enlightenment by separating from this world is as absurd as to search for a rabbit’s horn. Right views are called ‘transcendental’; erroneous views are called ‘worldly’. When all views, right or erroneous, are discarded then the essence of Bodhi appears.




Buddhism 7898 | 
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra,ch.2, translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 







H e who treads the Path in earnest sees not the mistakes of the world; If we find fault with others we ourselves are also in the wrong. When other people are in the wrong, we should ignore it, for it is wrong for us to find fault. By getting rid of the habit of faultfinding we cut off a source of deflement.




Buddhism 7794 | 
The Dharma Jewel Platform Sutra,ch.2, translated by A. F. Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 







B eing grateful, one should support one’s parents and attend to them filially. Being righteous, the senior and the junior should be empathetic towards each other. Being forbearing, the superior and the inferior should get along harmoniously. Being tolerant, no quarrel or conflict shall arise from hostility. If we can persevere like lighting a fire from drilling wood, then red lotus (the Buddha-nature) will definitely rise from the black mire (the deluded state).




Buddhism 7755 | 
Translated by Pure Voices. Hong Kong. 







I at once became thoroughly enlightened, and realised that all things in the universe are the Essence of Mind itself. ‘Who would have thought,’ I said to the Patriarch, ‘that the Essence of Mind is intrinsically pure! Who would have thought that the Essence of Mind in intrinsically free from becoming or annihilation! Who would have thought that the Essence of Mind is intrinsically self-sufficient! Who would have thought that the Essence of Mind is intrinsically free from change! Who would have thought that all things are the manifestation of the Essence of Mind!’




Buddhism 7552 | 
The Sutra of Hui Neng: Sutra Spoken by the 6th Patriarch on the High Seat of 'The Treasure of the Law', chap. 1: Autobiography, H.K. Buddhist Book Distributor Press 





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