Chan (Zen) Master Huang Po: How is it possible to develop the Supreme-Enlightenment Mind?

Huang Po Zen Teachings

Question: How is it possible to develop the Supreme-Enlightenment Mind?

Huang Po: Bodhi [enlightenment or enlightened mind]* means nothing to attain. Even now, just as you allow thought to arise, you get nothing. Thus, realising that there is absolutely nothing to attain is the Bodhi Mind.

The realisation that there is nowhere to abide and nothing to attain is the Bodhi.

Therefore, Shakyamuni Buddha [the original Buddha, also known as Gautama Buddha] said ‘…there was really no Dharma [teaching or method] by means of which the Tathagata [the Buddha] attained Supreme Enlightenment…’

*[Tom – square bracket comments added by me]

2 thoughts on “Chan (Zen) Master Huang Po: How is it possible to develop the Supreme-Enlightenment Mind?

  1. In my experience this is a way of looking at it and while i can see it is true, most people cannot just realise because conditions must be fulfilled first. I look at it a little differently and my path was one of removing blockages bit by bit and clearing energy channels, step by step. Then starting to understand my own illusions and addressing these as and when discovered. Coming out of illusion one starts to see truth, what actually is there, but is invisible while in a state of illusion. This would be a kundalini explanation. Does this make sense to you? Chris

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