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Hui Hai 大珠慧海

788 – 831 CE

Hui Hai 大珠慧海 Baizhang Huaihai (788 - 831)
Tang dynasty Chinese Chan monk, and author of the still-influential book, Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment; Hui Hai became known as the “Great Pearl” because his teacher Ma-tsu Tao-i was so impressed when he read this book he praised it as “a great pearl, perfect and bright illumination that penetrates everywhere without impediment. Teacher to the famous Huangbo Xiyun, he established a set of rules for Chan monasteries still used today as well as architectural and lifestyle forms. Some of these included farming and self-sufficiency skills that enabled the Zen monasteries to survive during times of persecution and the influential saying, "A day without work is a day without food" (一日不做一日不食 "One day not work, one day not eat"). Ta-chu Hui-hai

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Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Quotes by Hui Hai (17 quotes)

“I will be a good doctor for the sick and suffering. I will lead those who have lost their way to the right road. I will be a bright light for those in the dark night, and cause the poor and destitute to uncover hidden treasures.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Compassion

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“Original nature is your eternal mind… impervious to gain and loss, calumny and eulogy, praise and blame, sorry and joy”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

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“Illumination means the realization that Illumination is not something to be attained.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

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“One day not work, one day not eat.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Livelihood

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“If you completely understand the nature of mind, you can say it changes, and you can say it doesn’t change.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Change

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“When the mind is polluted it is ordinary mind. When the mind is unpolluted then it is sacred.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Sacred World

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“My miracle? When I’m hungry I eat, when I get sleepy I sleep. When they eat, it can’t be called eating since they do so with a hundred entanglements. When they sleep, it can’t be called sleeping since their mind is beset with worries.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Less is More

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“Whether a person remains deluded or gains Illumination depends upon themself, not upon differences or similarity of doctrine.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Religion

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“Bodhi is attainable at the very moment we make up our minds to achieve it....”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Enlightenment

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“Your not having perceived your own nature does not imply that you lack that nature — perception itself IS that nature....”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: True Self

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“Dwelling upon nothing means that the mind is not fixed upon good or evil, concentration or distraction, inside or outside… original mind, a bright mirror, utter stillness, Buddha-Mind!”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Emptiness

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“How to act like a Buddha? With total abstention from action never letting passion, aggression, ignorance, or belief that things exist or don’t exist influence how you act.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

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“Having the Buddha-Eye means perceiving that there is nothing to perceive, that perceiving as though an objective existence only creates illusion.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Illusion

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“Realizing the unreality of opposites and the non-existence of relatives like good/bad, love/hate, happy/sad brings deliverance and the wisdom of knowing what to accept and what to reject.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

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“Wisdom means dissolving the dualism of all opposites, seeing the non-existence of relativity”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Wisdom

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“If your mind wanders away, do not follow it. A mind disturbed by love and aversion is deluded; a mind free from delusion and reality alike is real, the Buddha-Mind.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Hate Love

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“Fools bogged down in a multiplicity of methods endlessly spin in circles. Instead, practice only letting go. This leads to perfection.”

from Essential Gate for Entry Into Sudden Enlightenment (Tun-wu ju dao yao-men)

Themes: Letting Go

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