All the forms, sensations, and thoughts one perceives arise and perish. There is “no-self” within all the phenomena. The true mind is the ability to be see, to feel, and to perceive. It is formless, unmoving, and non-abiding with any objects.
-Ven Guo Xing
“Buddhism advocates a doctrine of loving kindness and compassion. To provide sentient beings with happiness is loving kindness, and to relieve sentient beings from suffering is compassion. To someone carrying out “loving-compassion-ism,” there are no hated or despicable people, only wretched and pitiable people. So to a Buddhist, war is the utmost cruelty, and he would rather give his life to divert violence or win peace than engage in warfare…Buddhist scriptures mention summoning up the mindstate of a wrathful deity to destroy the power of evil demons, but such imagery is used to describe a strategy for inner spiritual cultivation and is not meant as a description of an actual practice in the real world.”
—Chan Master Sheng Yen ‘Orthodox Chinese Buddhism’
Bodhisattvas are beings who have vowed to help others find the Buddhist path without concern for their own personal benefit. Chan practitioners and other followers of the bodhisattva path should strive to cultivate such a selfless attitude. Those who think only of their own benefit will never attain the fruits of Buddhadharma, and will be more likely to cause undue suffering to themselves and others. Chan practice helps us to lessen self-centeredness in all its guises: greed, attachment, anger, arrogance, escapism, expectation, and so forth. When we begin to make progress in this aspect of our practice, we also begin to gain true benefit from our practice.
— Master Sheng Yen “There is No Suffering”
If you contemplate your mind, you will find no mind, except the mind that comes from mis-conceptions.
The mind with such conceptions arises from delusion.
Like the wind in the sky, it has no grounding.
Such a character of things neither appears nor disappears. What is sin? What is virtue?
As the thought of self is itself empty, neither sin nor virtue is our master.
In this way, all things are neither permanent nor destroyed.
If one repents like this, meditating on one’s mind, one finds no mind.
Things also do not dwell in things.
All things are liberated, show the truth of extinction, and are calm and tranquil.
Such a thing is called great repentance, sublime repentance, repentance without sin, the destruction of the self-referential mind.
People who practice this repentance are pure in body and mind, like flowing water, not attached to things.
The whole ocean of hindrances from past actions arises from illusion.
If you want to repent, you should sit upright and reflect on the true nature of things.
All evils are like frost and dew.
The sun of wisdom can dissipate them.
— from Sutra on the Meditation of Samantabadhra, also known as the Repentance Sutra