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"When you find peace and quiet in the midst of busyness and clamor, then towns and cities become mountain forests; afflictions are enlightenment, sentient beings realize true awakening." Foyan

"If what is fundamental exists within you, how can you say that you have not obtained it?" Wen-i

"The ancients said that when you want to keep away from what you are hearing and seeing, you attach yourself to what you are hearing and seeing..." Wen-i

"You shouldn't strain to seek the path; if you seek it, you will lose the path. You need not strain to make things fluid; if you try to make them fluid, thing remain as they are. If you neither seek nor try to produce fluidity, the path will merge with things; then what thing is not the path?" Foyan

"In my school there are only two kinds of sickness. One is to go looking for the donkey while riding on the donkey. The other is to be unwilling to dismount once having mounted the donkey." Foyan

"There is something in each of you that you will only be able to perceive when you turn around." Foyan

"You must observe the present state. What is its logic? What is its guiding pattern? Why are you confused? This is the most direct approach." Foyan

"When you encounter a situation or hear a saying, your mind gets excited, and you make up an interpretation, in any case you are in a scattered state." Foyan

"Thinking will not do; not thinking will not do either. Then how do you teach people to contemplate. I tell you, just step back and look." Foyan

"Whatever you are doing, twenty-four hours a day, in all your activities, there is something that transcends the Buddhas and Zen Masters; but as soon as you want to understand it, it's not there. It's not really there; as soon as you try to gather your attention on it, you have already turned away from it. That is why I say you see but cannot do anything about it." Foyan

"Once they have taken it up, they have already misunderstood; acting as if they were in charge, they do not realize Buddhism is not understood in this way" Foyan "I always tell you that what is inherent in you is presently active and presently functioning, and need not be sought after, need not be put in order, need not be practiced or proven. All that is required is to trust it once and for all. This saves a lot of energy." Foyan

"If people recognize false thoughts and deliberately try to stop them, it's because you see that there are false thoughts. If you know you're having false thoughts and deliberately practice contemplation to effect perception of truth, this is also seeing that there are false thoughts. If you know that falsehood is fundamentally the path, then there is no falsehood in it." Foyan

"When people do not understand an answer, they produce views based on words. They do not know it is something you answer for yourself-what truth have you found, and where does it lead? Therefore it is said, 'It's all you.' Look! Look!" Foyan

"Search for the coin in the river where you lost it." Wen-yen

"When you were infants you also heard sounds and saw forms, but you didn't know how to discriminate. Once you came to the age of reason, then you listened to discriminating thinking, and from that time on have suffered a split between the primal and the temporal." Foyan

"Live in the land of thought yet untouched by thought." Foyan

"They are shrouded by the light of knowledge, attached to an extreme of knowledge." Foyan

"The non-duality of initial experience and fundamental reality is called ultimate enlightenment." Ashvaghosha

"The true nature of ignorance is the very nature of enlightenment; the empty body of illusions and projections is the very body of realities." Grand Master Yongjia

"Right now if you are questioned and cannot speak, where is the fault? It is generally because of seeing forms where there is no form, hearing a voice where there is nothing said, forcing rationalizations where there is no reason, asserting control where there is no control." Foyan

"As soon as you accept and approve anything, recognizing it as your own, you are immediately bound hand and foot and cannot move. So even if there are a thousand possibilities, nothing is right once you have recognized, accepted and approved it as your own." Foyan

"When you want to manifest it by the light of knowledge, you've already obscured it." Foyan

"Learning Zen is called a gold and dung phenomenon. Before you understand it, it's like gold; when understood it's like dung." Foyan

"It is just that you avoid what is right before you." Foyan

"Inside your body and outside in the physical world, every phenomenon is the original reality - nothing is not it." Foyan

"Enlightenment is always with people, but people subjectively pursue things." an ancient

"You should realize there is someone who does not seek to know." Nanji

"The knife does not cut itself, the finger does not touch itself, the mind does not know itself, the eye does not see itself." an ancient

"What is actual is true and what is true is actual." Chao-chou

"Darkness within darkness, the gateway to all understanding," Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

"How wonderful! All beings are already enlightened, just as they are." Buddha on achieving enlightenment

 

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