Be a Lamp (Nirvana Sutra)
Order of Enlightenment (Maka Shikan)
Calming and Contemplation of Anger (Maka Shikan)
Effect of Thunderbolts on Ivory (Maka Shikan)
Blind Heir of a Wealthy Merchant (Maka Shikan)
Mongolian Wisdom (ancient sayings)
Mighty Bodhisattva Warriors (13th Dalai Lama)
Seeing Ourselves as Suchness (Shinnyo kan)
Wu-lung and I-lung (Writings of Nichiren Daishonin)
The World Honored One Flicks Dirt* with His Toe
[The Buddha is speaking]:
At that time, Shariputra, moved by the Buddha's supernatural powers, thought to himself: "If the mind of the bodhisattva is pure, then his Buddha land will be pure. Now when our World-Honored-One first determined to become a bodhisattva, surely his intentions were pure. Why then is this Buddha land so filled with impurities?"
The Buddha, knowing his thoughts, said to him, "What do you think? Are the sun and the moon impure? Is that why the blind man fails to see them?
Shariputra replied, "No, World Honored One. That is the fault of the blind man. The sun and moon are not to blame."
"Shariputra, it is the failings of living beings that prevent them from seeing the marvelous purity of the land of the Buddha, the Thus Come One. The Thus Come One is not to blame. Shariputra, this land of mine is pure, but you fail to see it."
Shariputra said, "When I look at this
land, I see it full of knolls and hollows, thorny underbrush, sand and
gravel, dirt, rocks, many mountains, filth and defilement."
The Buddha said to Shariputra, "Now do you see the marvelous purity of this Buddha land?"
Shariputra replied, "Indeed, I do. Now all the marvelous purity of the Buddha land is before me."
The Buddha said to Shariputra, "If a person's mind is pure, then he will see the wonderful blessings that adorn this land."
*According to the Maka Shikan, there
are a billion rolls of sutras in a single mote of dust.
[The above is from The Vimalakirti Sutra, translated by Burton Watson, pp. 29-31. I have edited some sentences for brevity.] By the way, Watson's translation of the Vimalakirti Sutra is a triumph! The introduction alone is worth the price of the book.