The three poisons

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions and evils, is rooted in the three poisons: greed, anger, and delusion.

These three poisoned states of mind themselves include countless evils, like trees that have a single trunk but countless branches and leaves.

Yet each poison produces so many more millions of evils that the example of a tree is hardly fitting for comparison.

~ Bodhidharma

True nature is not lost

Your true nature is not lost in moments of delusion, nor is it gained at the moment of enlightenment.
It was never born and can never die.
It shines through the whole universe, filling emptiness, one with emptiness.
It is without time or space, and has no passions, no people, and no buddhas; it contains not the smallest hairbreadth of anything that exists objectively; it depends on nothing and is attached to nothing.
It is all-pervading, radiant beauty: absolute reality, self-existent and uncreated.
How then can you doubt that the Buddha has no mouth to speak with and nothing to teach, or that the truth is learned without learning, for who is there to learn?
It is a jewel beyond all price.

~ Huang-po

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