‘Not a single one of you people at this meeting is unenlightened. Right now, you’re all sitting before me as Buddhas. Each of you received the Buddha-mind from your mothers when you were born, and nothing else. This inherited Buddha-mind is beyond any doubt unborn, with a marvelously bright illuminative wisdom. In the Unborn, all things are perfectly resolved. I can give you proof that they are. While you’re facing me listening to me speak like this, if a crow cawed, or a sparrow chirped, or some other sound occurred somewhere behind you, you would have no difficulty knowing it was a crow or a sparrow, or whatever, even without giving a thought to listening to it, because you were listening by means of the Unborn.’ (The Unborn)
This is yet another book I have taken down from my bookshelves to read on my commute. I am not sure I ever got very far into it before, to be honest, but I know people who are fans of Bankei, so I thought I would give it a try. I am not completely convinced about his claims of proof yet, but I will keep working on it.