Six Senses All Inactive

Yutang Lin

Eyesight is gone, yet consciousness remains.
Ears no longer hear sounds, mind still awake.
Conceive that all six senses cease to function,
Buddhas and sentient beings merge into one.


If one of the functions of our senses, as a result of limiting conditions, is lost, then there will be inconvenience but no hindrance to our mental clarity. Pursuing in this way to the extreme of all six senses, including consciousness, ceased to function, i.e., a state without senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, feeling and consciousness. Such a lively state without traces, intangible and inconceivable, would be the limitless oneness of all that Buddhas and sentient beings all share and are inseparable.

Written in Chinese on April 6, 2001
Translated on April 7, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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