Three Worlds, No Dharma

Banzan said to his disciples one day, "In all three worlds there is no Dharma. Where, then, shall we look for Mind?"

The "three worlds" means the whole world, or the universe. (In Buddhism the three worlds that comprise the whole are the world of desires, the material world, and the non-material world of thought.) "There is no Dharma' means the Dharma is everywhere, everything is Dharma. "No Dharma" means no Dharma as such. If one is sincere and disciplined in seeking truth, a trifling thing may open the mind to enlightenment: the voice of a cricket or the sound of a stream.


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