Mumon Yamada

‘Although we all possess this buddha-nature, although we all have an original face, although we each have an immaculate spiritual self, yet we turn our backs on that original face because we are all attached to the belief that only in the world of sensations, in the world of body and emotions, in the world of discrimination does the self exist. When we deny our buddha-nature, we become estranged from it. Buddha-nature is that place beyond discriminating consciousness, but because we fall into discriminating consciousness, we end up strangers to our own buddha-nature.’ (Talks on the Ten Ox-Herding Pictures)

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