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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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Confused by thoughts

Confused by thoughts,
we experience duality in life.

Unencumbered by ideas,
the enlightened see the one Reality.


Dajian Huineng

The substance of wisdom

Never under any circumstances say that meditation and wisdom are different;
they are one unity, not two things.

Meditation itself is the substance of wisdom;
wisdom itself is the function of meditation.


Dajian Huineng

Incompatible with the doctrine

When alive, one keeps sitting without lying down.

When dead, one lies without sitting up.

In both cases, a set of stinking bones!
What has it do with the great lesson of life?

With those who are sympathetic Let us have discussion on Buddhism.
As for those whose point of view differs from ours Let us treat them politely and thus make them happy.

(But) disputes are alien to our School,
For they are incompatible with its doctrine.


Dajian Huineng

All is void

Neither is there Bodhi-tree,
Nor yet a mirror bright;
Since in reality all is void.


Dajian Huineng