Short texts by Chan master and teacher of Dzogchen, Yogi Chen:

Renounce Practices of Precepts, Meditation and Wisdom

The Chan (Zen) gate is straightforward. No walking of devious path, no establishment of any path. Completely without path to proceed, completely without path consented. Arrival without departure; both “arrived home” and “on the way” are one-sided talk.

Herein there is nothing to renounce, nothing to adopt. Good and evil, right and wrong, sentiments and views, all are not matters in the gate of Chan.

The doctrinal teachings of the three yanas, especially the foundational teaching for human-and-heaven yana, “Commit no evil, do all good,” are of course natural laws between sky and earth; however, they are completely irrelevant to the Chan family.

Since neither good nor evil are thought of, there is no need to separately set up precepts, and yet naturally is in agreement with the precepts.

There is no need to separately set up Samadhi attainment, and yet naturally possesses Samadhi attainment.

There is no need to separately receive the essentials of Prajna, and yet naturally possesses wonderful Prajna.

The reasons being: Originally possessed, readily available, without deliberate usage, and following the natural flow.

With the slightest effort applied, it would be thousands of miles apart.

What is there for you to practice?

Where should you not go?

Therefore, the Third Patriarch said, “The Great Path has no difficulty; it only abhors having preferences.”

“This is the highest sort of meditation, even higher than the Great Perfection (Dzogchen), because it is more thorough in its realization.”

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