Dayi asked his teacher Sengcan, the Third Ancestor, “What is the mind of the ancient Buddhas?” Sengcan said, “What kind of mind do you have now?” Dayi said, “I have no mind.” Sengcan said, “Since you have no mind, why would you think Buddhas have mind?” Dayi immediately ceased to have doubt.
Student: “I still don’t understand. What is the mind of the ancient Buddhas?”
Master: “It is identical to yours.”
Student: “Then, what is the identical mind like?”
Master: “That’s it. Nothing else.”
Don’t wander around looking for yourself with a picture of you in your hand.
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