Prajna – Excerpt From The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing, Chapter 3: Prajna

PrajnaExcerpt From The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing, Chapter 3: Prajna

Thereupon, having taken his seat on the flatbed, Louie Wing asked the assembly to purify their minds. Then he gave the following address.

Learned audience, Maha Prajna Paramita is inherent in every one of you. It is only because of delusion based on conceptualization that you fail to realize it. The buddha-mind is not different in ordinary people and sages. The only difference between them is that sages have realized it, while ordinary people have not. Now allow me to expound on the nature of the enlightened mind so that each of you can directly realize Maha Prajna Paramita.

Good friends, simply reading or hearing about the inherent nature of prajna without actually awakening to it cannot bring you liberation. Even if your understanding and knowledge is wide and profound, without actual experience, you cannot be free. It is like someone learning to play an instrument; music theory and knowledge about the instrument may be helpful, but without actual practice, there can be no music.

You have to put your learning about prajna into practice with your whole body and mind. Knowledge and understanding alone cannot awaken you to the truth of prajna. At the same time, spiritual practice without knowledge and understanding will not do either. If you have aroused genuine aspiration, however, and you put the knowledge that has been transmitted by the sages into actual practice, you will not fail to awaken to your own inherent prajna.

Buddha is nothing other than the true nature of each one of you; there is no buddha outside of your own body and mind. This is the essence of all time and space. It is all-inclusive with nothing outside of it. It is ultimately beyond all limitations and beyond definition and description…

~The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing



7 thoughts on “Prajna – Excerpt From The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing, Chapter 3: Prajna”

  1. Yes! Thank you!

    I’m still reading the book… wow… thank you. I hope to get you a review in the next century.

    1. Dear Jamie,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Don’t worry about the review, if it seems like the right thing and the right time, great; until then, I hope you enjoy the read–that is the best I hope for.

      Peace brother,

  2. Thank you Ted,

    I’ve been following your site for some time. In fact it has become a regular daily read of mine. I appreciate your time and effort. Your writing speaks to me. It doesn’t ‘stink of Zen’ it is Zen.


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