Feb. 7-13

February 8th, 2016

“Conditioned mind operates entirely on the basis of preferences, likes and dislikes; it seeks to avoid pain and maximize pleasure. Conditioned mind tries to hold on to experiences we judge as “good” and reject experiences we judge as “bad,” believing that happiness is a product of aligning our experiences with our preferences… unconditioned awareness takes us outside of the cycle of reactive responses and emotions by connecting us with the nature of our mind as pure, contentless, unstructured awareness.”

-Peter Fenner

 

Blue Cliff Record Case #39: Unmon’s “Garden Fence”
A monk asked Unmon, “What is the Pure Dharma-body?”
Unmon said, “Flower fence.”
The monk said, “What if I understand the point that way?”
Unmon said, “A golden-haired lion.”

 

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