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"Since the Unborn Buddha Mind is marvelously illuminating, it hasn't so much as a hairs breadth of any selfish bias, so it adapts itself freely, and, as it encounters different sorts of circumstances, thoughts sporadically pop up. Its all right so long as you simply don't get involved with them; but if you do get involved with thoughts and go on developing them, you won't be able to stop, and then you'll obscure the marvelously illuminating [function] of the Buddha Mind and create delusions.
On the other hand, since from the start the Buddha Mind is marvelously illuminating, readily illumining and distinguishing all things, when you hate and loathe those deluded thoughts that come up and try to stop them, you get caught up in stopping them and create a duality between the one who is
doing the stopping and that which is being stopped. If you
try to stop thought with thought, there will never be an end to it. It’s just like trying to wash away blood with blood.
Even if you succeed in getting out the original blood, you'll be left with the stain of the blood that came after."'

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Bankei's "No Rules”

In the winter of the third year of Genroku, the Master
held a training period at the Ryomonji. Over ten thousand
people attended! Everyone said: "At this meeting they'll surely have to set up rules and regulations, exhort people
in a booming voice and make the whole assembly quake with fear!"
But everyone was calm and quiet, and no rules or regulations were imposed.
Periodically, the Master would ascend the lecture seat and address the assembly, saying:
'The originally existing Unborn—all of you, be sure you don't conceal it from yourselves! This Unborn is like a great ball of fire: touch it and you're be burned. I can speak about it for you now, but my words can't exhaust it; I can use it, but I'll never use it up.
For me to exhort People, berating them harshly to frighten them into activity, is just a useless deception. It should never be done!"
When the monks of the assembly heard this, all their doubts melted instantly away.
(Zeigo, zenshu, p; 296.)

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As you are, right here at this moment, is it - effortless enlightenment. There’s no getting anywhere or not getting anywhere. This is what’s meant by the teaching of sudden illumination. Hesitate, and it’s lost; waver and it draws further away.

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"An enlightened awareness is within each one of us, right at this moment. This enlightened awareness is truly unborn and marvellously illuminating; and everything is perfectly managed by it.

Conclusively realise that what is unborn and illuminating is truly awakened and without effort, rest naturally as the Unborn Mind. Resting in this way, you are a living Buddha."

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"People have no enemies
None at all right from the start
You create them all yourself
Fighting over right and wrong."

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In criticizing, the teacher is hoping to teach. That's all.

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