Saturday, April 19, 2014


Dharma Talk by Living Buddha Lian-Sheng on 10/10/90
(page 242-243 Achievement of Rainbow Light Body Volume one)
Translated by Yuan Zheng Tang

The seventh stage of mind development according to Japanese monk Koho is known as "jue xin bu sheng xin". As "jue" means feeling, so in this stage of mind , feeling does not arise at all. It is in this stage of Mahayana vehicle which Sunyata (emptiness, non-existence, or immateriality) is stressed . As the law of cause and effect ( karma) does not have its own nature, even Karma is a by product of emptiness.

I have always thought about these questions : "Did I exist in the past? Will I exist in the future ?" If I am not sure about the answers, then I might as well treat what I am as a temporary phenomenon, and consider the present non-existent. Then I am very close to "emptiness".

Buddhadharma uses emptiness to dispel the eight misleading terms which form the basis of the logic of the Madhyamika Sastra (birth, death, past , future, difference, annihilation, and perpetuity (or eternity)). To the Japanese monk , Koho, everything is empty in this stage of mind, as there is no birth and death. Thus one can attain calmness and quietness (free from temptation and distress).

It is very difficult to explain to you what emptiness really means in Buddhism. There is no birth and death, nothing permanent to get rid of . On the other hand, all the mortals believe the contrary to be true !

Those who are in this stage of mind development will be able to invoke at least a Pratyeka-buddha to help them. In this stage of mind, we have nothing to get rid of , so all the anxieties are eradicated by themselves. In other words, once a Buddhist understands the meaning of emptiness, there is nothing for him to attach himself to, so all the so-called anxieties are no longer there. It is a stage very close to Buddhahood.

Om Mani Padme Hum

Ten States in the Development of the Mind 十住心论


6th to 9th states: Mahâyâna stages: “vehicles” of the bodhisattvas, those who seek enlightenment both for self and for others, by overcoming self-other duality and recognizing the interdependency between self-enlightenment and other-enlightenment and between wisdom and compassion.

7th state: “The mind of one who realizes non-origination” (kakushin fushô-shin): The state of Madhyamaka with its śûnyavâda (Jpn: kûgan) standpoint that everything is empty. Here reifying and substantializing conceptions — including both objects and mind — that act as fetters are eliminated through Nâgârjuna's eight-fold negations which via their dependent origination show their emptiness.

Shizun 师尊: 觉就是感觉的觉;不生就是感觉的心不生出来。

This is a state of {Void} nature.

Cheers all

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotsuchef

Edited from Notes of Lotuschef

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