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Monday, January 25, 2010

[25] Examination of Nirvana, the free and serene state (24 verses)

MMK (25) Examination of Nirvana, the free and serene state. (24 verses)

1. When the Serene State of the Balanced Autonomic Nervous System is this world totally,

There might be no appearance actually, and there is no disappearance at all.

If we are free from escape and free in self-regulation,

What kinds of balanced situations of the Autonomic Nervous System can manifest itself even in future?


2. When the Troubled State of the unbalanced Autonomic Nervous System is the
Universe itself,

There might be no appearance actually, and there is no disappearance at all.

If we are free from escape and free in self-regulation,

What kinds of balanced situations of the Autonomic Nervous System can manifest
themselves even in future?


3. What is not isolated, what has not arrived at the end still,

What hasn’t been stopped on the way, what is not having no end,

What is impossible to regulate, what is not accomplished,

That is called the Quiet and Serene State, Nirvana.


4. The existence, which is great, can never be Nirvana.

And the expressions of "aging" or "death" can never be so direct expressions.

The expressions of "aging" and "death" exist as the adequate expressions.

And so it might be impossible for us to deny the adequacy of using the
words of aging and death.


5. When the existences are just Nirvana,

The State of Quiet and Serene can exist as the Created World as it is.

And it is impossible for what is not the Created World to be recognized,

And so what is really existing is something, which are rear the word "Nirvana," which
is something to exist somewhere, and which is something itself.


6. When the existence is just “Nirvana” to exist,

The concrete thing, which has not been received “Nirvana”, is what?

The word "Nirvana," which suggests the serenity of the Balanced Autonomic
Nervous System, does not include the meaning to get something actually.

Because it is perfectly impossible for us to find a concrete fact "to be" at any place at
all.


7. When the existence is not “Nirvana”,

How is it possible for something, which does not exist now, to exist in future?

When “Nirvana” does not exists anywhere,

Then it will become clear that non-existence is not recognized anywhere at all.


8. If it is true that something, which does not exist, is Nirvana,

What is the concrete fact, which has not been accepted, is what?

Because the “Nirvana" does not exist as non-existence,

And so such a something, which has been accepted, does never be recognized at all.


9. When a speed of appearance is a little slower,

The appearance itself is also clear too.

And so the Real Appearances are accepted as a little vague,

But the balanced state of the autonomic nervous system, Nirvana, will appear.


10. Our action to give up something, or a taboo to speak to others,

Exists really, and exists everywhere really.

Therefore, existence does not exist, and non-existence does not exist.

What is called the balanced state of the Autonomic Nervous System, Nirvana, is similar
to shackles.


11. When non-existence and existence both might exist in the co-existence form,

Then the balance of the autonomic nervous system, Nirvana, might exists in the
doubled bindings.

When non-existence and existence both might exist in the co-existence form,

Concrete fact of emancipation can never be bound at all.


12. Non-existence, and existence, both can exist actually,

But in the case of Nirvana, both to exist or not to exist, can exist at the same
moment.

The one-sided appearance of Nirvana can never exist,

Because the appearance is doubled is the concrete fact of Nirvana.


13. It might be possible that non-existence, or existence, either can exist.

How is it possible for the Nirvana to appear as both non-existence and existence
of the one moment.?

Because in the case of Nirvana, the word, which hasn't been translated into Sanskrit,
might be also Nirvana,

And so the word "to exist" and the word "not to exists," might be both Sanskrit words
in facts.


14. Both Non-Existence and Existence can exist together.

What is the situation that the Nirvana is the existence of doubled?

Therefore the non-existence of dual, suggests the existence of only one,

And so what can be seen with eyes, and the darkness of the Hell, are completely the
Same.

15. It is never non-existent, and it is never existent,

What are called Nirvanas might be similar to a kind of cosmetics,

Even though they are not existent, or really existent,

They are belonging to the situations of accomplishments, and they have been just
accomplished.


16. Never Non-existence, or never existence,

When Nirvanas are completely recognized,

Never Non-existence, or never existence,

Such situations are recognized a little as a concrete fact.


17. When the Result has been leaving from the self-regulation, there might be Happiness
Actually.

What is called Existence, is never be born at all.
In the case that co-existences do not exist actually,

The denial of co-existence might never be born as the fact at all.


18. Even though our own self-conceit of having established our own stable
basis,

The idea of a simple fact that we are just existing in the world, does not bear anything
at all.

If the co-existence would not exist at all really,

No existence of the co-existence actually is never be born at all,


19. Without leaving the process of wandering, it will become leaving Nirvana.

It does never suggest that we have been given up by Nirvana,

Not belonging to Nirvana, is leaving from the wandering.

It does never suggest that we have been given up by Nirvana,


20. What is included by Nirvana is just Time,

And the Time is also belonging to the wandering life of ups and downs.

The two kinds of substances, that is, Time and the wandering life of ups and downs,
Seems to be as if they were nothing.

Then something excellently delicate is recognized very clearly..


21. Result is, leaving from the self-regulation, the first step of ultimate phase.

It is just the Eternity and so forth, and the Real Life, which can be experienced directly.

The Nirvana might be just our ultimate scene of human life,

And so it might be the supposition of the former line, and it might be taking a rest in
the perfect darkness.


22. What is the totally relying upon the balanced autonomic nervous system, and what
is the totally relying upon Nirvana?

What is the Eternity, and what is the having the End?

What is the Eternity, and what is the Destroyable?

What is not the Eternity, and what is not having the End?


23. What is the Same, and what is not the Same?

What is Eternal, and what is not Eternal?

Being not Eternal, and being Eternal are what altogether both?

In this case also there is no co-existences of the two cases of existence and non-
existence together at all.


24. All kinds of our sense perceptions and the mental serenities,

Are prone to expand and to make the mind happier.

Without having any kinds of distinction between the places, kinds, or the contents of
teachings,

The Principles of the Universe, which Gautama Buddha has taught us, are the contents
of his guidance.

3 Comments:

Blogger Gui Do said...

Dear Gudo,
as you are now speaking of/translating passages of "eternity" and I just had the chance to crossread your blog, I want to add a question that should have been placed under the entry on "Karma in the three ages". Dogen in the Shobogenzo speaks of Karma that will ripe in this life, the next life and the life after that. My question is: Do you really believe that there is a rebirth where someone will suffer this karma? I think Dogen is wrong here.

3:33 AM, January 28, 2010  
Blogger skatemurai said...

Dear Roshi,

is Zazen cultivate our observation? Is observation of our thoughts and feelings without annotation, criticize, involution that what is called Non-duality? Should we grow this observation in every moment of our life?

Thanks for your answers,
Tom

2:29 AM, January 29, 2010  
Blogger GUDO NISHIJIMA said...

Dear Ven. Gui Do San,

I do not believe in the theory of rebirth in human life at all.


Dear Ven. skatemurai San,

I clearly insist that by practicing Zazen everyday, we can always maintain our Autonomic Nervous System balanced, and so we can always maintain our true decision without fail.

2:11 PM, February 11, 2010  

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