Chapter 4: Buddhas Don’t Practice Nonsense
So it is up to each individual to continuously remember to remain sincere. Otherwise nobody can prevent you; you can declare you are enlightened but your life will show, your actions will show, your eyes will show, everything around you will show that you are not enlightened. And this is not going to help you in any way; this may even mislead a few people. And if you can get a few people to believe in your enlightenment, which is always possible because the world is so full of idiots that any idiot can find disciples.. And once you have found a few idiots as disciples, then you become absolutely certain that you must be enlightened; otherwise how can so many wise people believe in you?
Still others commit all sorts of evil deeds, claiming karma doesn’t exist. They erroneously maintain that since everything is empty, committing evil isn’t wrong. Such persons fall into a hell of endless darkness with no hope of release. Those who are wise hold no such conception.
It is a question of great individual responsibility; there is no other responsibility which is greater than this. Remember always - and don’t forget for a single moment - don’t say anything which you are not; otherwise you will be falling into a darkness from which it is very difficult to come out.
But if our every movement or state, whenever it occurs, is no-mind, why don’t we see this no-mind when a person’s body dies?
The no-mind is always present. You just don’t see it.
No-mind is not a thing. It is not a commodity, it is not an object. No-mind is pure space. It is utter emptiness, it is silence. You cannot hear it. Have you ever thought about it, when you say it is absolutely silent? Do you hear silence? All that you hear is no noise. Because you are hearing no noise, you conclude it is silence.
Because you don’t experience any worry, any anxiety, any tension, any misery, any suffering, you infer that this is the state of peace and bliss. But these are not things or objects that you can see. Or when a person dies, you cannot see his no-mind leaving the body.
Remember again, I am changing the statements - wherever there is mind, I am saying no-mind - because mind can be seen. You see it every day. There is no need to die to see it; even while living you see it. Just close your eyes and you will start seeing it.
But if the no-mind is present, why don’t I see it?
The disciple is raising questions and trying to find Bodhidharma’s answers. Perhaps he asked these questions.he must have received the answers, but he could not understand those answers. He has interpreted those answers in his own way. Bodhidharma has said: The no-mind is always present. You just don’t see it. You cannot see it because it is pure space, it is not a thing. It is nothing; or better, it is a no-thing. It is not visible. But still the disciple goes on asking the same question in a different form. If the mind - if the no-mind - is present, why don’t I see it?