Subtle and hard to know is the path of the great sages,
Nonconceptual, beyond conception, most difficult to contact.
It is pure, known only to the wise,
Its nature is quiescent, without extinction or origination,
Inherently empty, utterly tranquil, nondual, inexhaustible,
Liberated from all states, impartially reaching nirvana,
Without extremes or mean, not expressed by words,
Outside of time, like the sky,
Quiescent, ultimately silent, realized by the enlightened,
Most difficult to express by any manner of speaking:
Such are the stages of the bodhisattva and their practice—
Most difficult to speak of, more difficult to hear.
Beyond thought and the path of mind,
Elicited by knowledge, realized by the highest sages,
Not revealed by the elements of matter and sense,
Unattainable by mind, intellectually inconceivable:
Just as the tracks of a bird in the sky,
Cannot be described or seen even by the enlightened,
In the same way all the stages
Cannot be told of, much less heard.
Avatamsaka Sutra – 701, 702