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The Buddha denies the existence of any permanent entity either physical or mental. We call this theory about self as Anatmavada.

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Clean mind

If one is truly natural and innocently spontaneous,
the Unborn will appear.

Bankei Yōtaku

Study Buddhism

When your study
Of Buddhism is through
You find
You haven’t anything new.

Bankei Yōtaku

The original mind

Unborn and imperishable
Is the original mind.
Earth, water, fire and wind—
A temporary lodging for the night.

Bankei Yōtaku

Self centeredness

When your parents gave you life,
there wasn’t a trace of selfish desire, bad habits or self-centerednesss.

But from the age of four or five you picked up the mean things,
you saw other people do and the bad things you heard them say,
so that gradually as you matured, growing up badly,
you developed selfish desire, which in turn produced self-centeredness.

Deluded by this self-centeredness,
you then proceeded to create every sort of evil.
If it weren’t for being centered on yourself,
delusions would not arise.

When delusions do not arise,
that is none other than abiding in the Unborn Buddha Mind…

Bankei Yotaku

Illuminate the original mind

Don’t hate the arising of thoughts or stop the thoughts that do arise;
simply realize that our original mind,
right from the start,
is beyond thought,
so that, no matter what, you never get involved with thoughts.

Illuminate the original mind,
and no other understanding is necessary.

Bankei Yotaku

Study of Buddhism

When your study of Buddhism is through,
you find you haven’t anything new.

Bankei Yotaku