The Teachings of Zen Master Man Gong (part 4)

What Am I? The Necessity of Finding Your True Self

16. True nature is an indestructible diamond body that cannot die. Beyond time, it has endless life. Each life and death of the form body is just like changing clothes; the true person is able to take off and wear the clothes of life and death freely.

17. The knowledge you get through seeing and listening will not lead to the attainment of your true nature. Thinking about true nature is already not true nature.

18. True nature can be only found ‘before thinking’ because the ‘before thinking’ world contains all existence and is already complete.

19. If a person attains final enlightenment while having the Buddha as a goal then one will find that they themselves are the Buddha. This means that you must find true nature within yourself.

From the book, The Teachings of Zen Master Man Gong.