T'ien T'ai Buddhism
Chih-I, Mo-ho Chih Kuan
(the great calming and contemplation)
- First chapter presents the synopsis of the remaining six. Ten were originally intended. ("ten being simply a convention of enumeration, the number ten being neither too many nor too few.").
- this volume begins with 139 pages of introductory material and each subsequent page is half footnote.
- Bodhicitta = thought of enlightenment: Bodhi = tao = "the way" . Citta = hsin = mind
- "Suppose one's mind is aware at every moment of the matter of cyclic transmigrations through the three good and three evil destinies. One knows that the common person is mired in it, while it is denounced by sages and saints; and one understands how the destruction of evil is based on purified wisdom, purified wisdom is based on purified meditative concentration, and purified meditative concentration is based on purified morality. If one thus esteems these three dharmas like a person who is starving and parched [craves for food and drink] then one gives rise to a mind [that seeks] freedom from defiling outflows and follows the path of the two vehicles." (144) this concludes the series of ten progressively higher states of consciousness. This is compared to the "dance of a fawn;" although the adherents of this belief attains liberation, they still are not in full possession of the Buddha Dharma. Note the clinging inherent in the "esteem," thus conditioned and possessed of outflows...