“using the mind completely” & “…passing the world right through.”

The way of transcending the world
Exists in passing the world right through.
It is not necessarily in severing ties
With others and fleeing the world altogether.
The means of understanding one’s mind
Exist in using the mind completely.
It is not necessarily in cutting off from desires
And turning the mind to ashes.

– Hung Ying-ming

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If one purifies the ground of one’s own mind

and beholds one’s own nature,

There remains no Pure Land for which to hope,

No hell to fear,

No passions to overcome,

No duality of good and evil.

One is free from the cycle of rebirths.

One will be born in every life as one’s mind wishes.

– Ikkyu

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