The Surangama Sutra: Chapter One – Section 3 – (5)


Or Perhaps the Mind Has No Specific Location?

Ānanda said to the Buddha, “I have heard the Buddha say that the mind which has awareness and makes distinctions is located neither inside nor outside, nor in the middle – it is located in none of the perceived places. So I am wondering maybe the mind has no specific location?”

The Buddha replied, “You say the mind is not located in a specific place. However, all things in the world – the air, the lands, the waters, and all creatures that fly over them or move on them or in them — in fact, everything existing in this world — they do have specific locations.”

“If the mind is located nowhere,” the Buddha continued, “then it is an absurdity — like a turtle with fur or a hare with horns. How could something that exists not have a specific location? Everything that exists has attributes. And everything that has attributes does have a location. Therefore, you should know that when you say the mind which knows and discerns has no specific location, you are stating what is impossible.”

阿難白佛言:世尊,我昔見佛,與大目連、須菩提、富樓那、舍利弗,四大弟子,共轉法輪。常言覺知分別心性,既不在內,亦不在外,不在中間,俱無所在,一切無著,名之為心。則我無著,名為心不。佛告阿難。汝言覺知分別心性,俱無在者,世間虛空水陸飛行,諸所物象,名為一切。汝不著者,為在為無。無則同於龜毛兔角,云何不著。有不著者,不可名無。無相則無,非無即相,相有則在,云何無著。是故應知,一切無著,名覺知心,無有是處。