Chan Master Sheng Yen

‘The Sanskrit word for fundamental ignorance, avidya, means ‘not-clear.’ What we are unclear about is the true nature of being – that of no-self, or emptiness.’ (There Is No Suffering)

I quoted this during my class this week, as we discussed the second Bodhisattva vow; ‘Delusions (or desires depending on the translation, which in itself gave rise to a good discussion, or vexations, as Sheng Yen delightfully calls them) are inexhaustible, I vow to end them.’

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