Chapter 3: Seek Nothing Outside
“If, in the time of a thought, your passionless no-mind shines, this is your own Sambhogakaya buddha.”
No-mind shining itself is meditation. That’s what is called samadhi. Buddha has called it sambhogakaya - the body of blissfulness.
“If in the time of a thought, your non-differentiating no-mind shines, this is your own Nirmanakaya buddha.”
Perhaps Buddha is the only person in the past who has given any credit to creativeness. Nirmanakaya means the body of creativeness. Nirman means creativeness.
If no-mind shines without any differentiating, your whole energy itself spontaneously starts creating. It does not matter what it creates; you may be a potter, or you may be a musician, or you may be a poet. Whoever you are and whatever you are doing - you may be just a housewife - your work will take the quality of creativeness. Your work will take the quality of love, of silence, of peace.
“This threefold body is the one who is now listening to my expounding of the dharma.”
Rinzai says, “You are all these three bodies, although you are not aware of them. You are aware of only one body, the skin body, which is just a skeleton. Hidden behind it are treasures.” Buddha has divided them into three: Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya.
“This threefold body is the one who is now listening to my expounding of the dharma. This can only be achieved if nothing is sought from without.”
If you do not seek anything from without, you are complete, you are entire, you are perfect. The moment you start desiring something from outside, trouble starts. You have already descended from the throne of an emperor and become a beggar. And once you are a beggar, it will be very difficult to find the throne again.
The world is vast and desires take you far away. Whole lives are devoted to fulfill childish desires.