Outside mind there is no Buddha,

Outside Buddha there is no mind.

– Ma-Tsu


This quote is just the beginning of a longer verse from Ma-Tsu.

Outside mind there is no Buddha,

Outside Buddha there is no mind.

Do not cling to good,

Do not reject evil!

Purity and defilement –

If you depend on neither,

You will grasp the empty nature of sin.

In every moment it is ungraspable,

For no self-nature is there.

Hence the three words are only mind.

The universe and all things

Bear the seal of the One Dharma.


Everything is so hard right now. It is all so heavy.