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GATHAS ON THE TRANSMISSION OF TEACHINGS OF THE SEVEN BUDDHAS
VERSE OF VIPASYIN BUDDHA
by Recorded by Shi Zisheng (Years unknown, Song Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai

The body is born of formlessness;
just as all forms are manifested as illusions.
The mind of the seer is originally insubstantial;
both condemnation and blessings are of emptiness and non-abiding.


VERSE OF SIKHIN BUDDHA

The arising of all wholesome dharmas
are illusory in nature;
The volitions of all unwholesome karma,
likewise, are illusions.
The body is like a heap of foam,
and the mind like a breath of wind,
Illusory manifestations are insubstantial,
and of no real nature.


VERSE OF VISVABHU BUDDHA

Provisionally perceiving
the four great elements as the body;
The mind, originally unborn,
exists only due to cognitive objects.
Without the objects of cognition,
neither does the mind exist.
Both condemnation and blessings
are like illusions that arise and annihilate.


VERSE OF KRAKUCCHANDA BUDDHA

Seeing the insubstantial body as the Buddha’s body;
Realizing that the illusory mind is the Buddha’s mind.
Realizing that the nature of body and mind are inherently empty;
Where is the distinction between oneself and Buddha?

── from Chanmen Zhu Zhushi Jisong (Verses of the Chan Patriarchs)


GATHAS ON THE TRANSMISSION OF TEACHINGS OF THE SEVEN BUDDHAS
VERSE OF KANAKAMUNI BUDDHA
by Recorded by Shi Zisheng (Years unknown, Song Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai

One who does not discern the Buddha’s body,
realizes the Buddha.
When one distinguishes the substantial, there is no Buddha.
The wise one understands that
the inherent nature of condemnation are of emptiness.
And thus calmly and fearlessly accepting life and death.


VERSE OF KASYAPA BUDDHA

The inherent nature of all sentient beings is essentially pure;
From its nature, there is neither non-arising nor non-ceasing.
Such that, this body and mind are manifested as illusions;
Thus, in illusion, there is neither condemnation nor blessings.


VERSE OF SAKYAMUNI BUDDHA

Dharma, in essence, was no Dharma.
Dharma of the emptiness of dharma is dharma.

Now, to entrust the emptiness of dharma;
How was the Dharma of emptiness of dharma
ever dharma?

── from Chanmen Zhu Zhushi Jisong (Verses of the Chan Patriarchs)