Can a Buddha be created by doing zazen? What do you think you're doing? Barry Magid May 2nd 2009

The Gateless Gate, Case 30 Ma Tsu's "This very mind is Buddha"

Pointer

Ta-mei asked Ma-tsu: "What is Buddha?"
Ma-tsu said: "This very mind is Buddha."

The Main Case

If you can grasp the point directly, you wear Buddha's robe, eat Buddha's food, speak Buddha's words, take Buddha's role. That is, you yourself are Buddha. Ta-mei however, misled quite a few people into trusting a broken scale. Don't you know you should rinse out your mouth for three days when you utter the name Buddha? If you are genuine, you'll run away holding your ears upon just hearing the words, 'This very mind is Buddha'.

Verse

The blue sky and bright day -
no more searching around.
'What is Buddha?' you ask.
Hiding loot, you declare your innocence.

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