Dharma Words for the Heart

Abiding Nowhere, Give Rise to the Mind

There are two lines from the Diamond Sutra on the wall at Nung Chan Monastery: "Abiding nowhere, give rise to mind."  "Abiding nowhere" refers to the mind without attachments, but ut can also be taken to mean there is nothing that must be accomplished or done. It is very painful to hold onto a certain thing, event, or person so strongly. At the same time, one who does not want, hold onto, or need anting would be very isolated. So "giving rise to the mind" means being medful at every place and time, and working hard to achieve a goal. "Mind" here is the mind of wisdom, of doing one's best, knowing each other, know the environment and oneself. It also means using wisdom to evaluate the subjective and objective conditions in the environment.



Liberatedf in Stillness and Motion p. 149, by Master Sheng Yen

Extended Reading

The Chan Practice of Non-abiding (I)