illustration (attribution, if any possible, is at the end of the article)
‘The mind has no object’ is also itself a concept. When there are no concepts of phenomena, then that is known as samādhi.
A word indicates a meaning. That word is not a thing. A word is like an echo, like the space of the sky.
These phenomena are not present; there is no presence to be perceived. The nonpresence is through the word ‘presence.’ Its nature is that there is nothing to be found.
One says ‘going’ and ‘passing away,’ but that ‘going’ does not exist. Through the word ‘going’ there is the absence of going. That is given the name samādhi.
Saying ‘I am not meditating’ is called pride. ‘I am meditating’ is a second kind of pride. Practicing for enlightenment without pride, and attaining the absence of pride is the highest enlightenment.
This unequaled equality is the level of peace; it is śamatha and vipaśyanā, devoid of attributes. Relying upon this peace, the level of buddhahood, is engaging in the meditation of samādhi.
Samādhirājasūtra (The king of samādhis sūtra )
chap. 13, § 8–13
image: bronze figure of Shakyamuni (Ming dynasty), recently auctioned