The Truth of Silent Illumination

Silently and serenely one forgets all words;
Clearly and vividly That appears…
When one realizes it, it is vast and without limit;
It is Essence, it is pure awareness.
Singularly reflecting in this bright awareness,
Full of wonder in this pure reflection…
Infinite wonder permeates this serenity;
In this Illumination all intentional efforts vanish.
Silence is the final word.
Reflection is the response to all [manifestation].
Devoid of any effort,
This response is natural and spontaneous…
The Truth of silent illumination
Is perfect and complete.

Chan Master Hung Chih


About Steven Goodheart

"I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them." Spinoza

4 Responses to “The Truth of Silent Illumination”

  1. Beautiful illumination, Steve. Thank you.

  2. Enjoyed reading this.

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