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Inner Peace

Postby deci belle on Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:15 pm

As far as I have been able to experience, innate inner peace exists in spite of the psychological apparatus of the being that is going to die. That which sees reality is living potential itself, no different than the essence of innate clarity. Though it exists, it is not created. Its existence is the nonoriginated living aware essence of reality having never fallen into the created. This is aware being within nonbeing.

It is a point of clarity that arises more in some and less in others, but all people know it at some level of experience due to their essential nature, even if they can only associate it with cloying habitual circumstances as the human mentality latches onto experience in its roaming boneless craving pursuit of satiation, and so destroys the root of potential and sows the seeds of birth and death through addictions no matter how subtle. This is karmic delusion of chronic personalities.

It’s called habit energy. This is what stultifies spirit. What is it? It is the inability to stop. This is what destroys the basis of clarity. The Way has never moved, therefore those skilled at self-refinement recognize the potential of living aware energy in the midst of the polluted, and rest where there is only awareness itself at its incipient point of clarity. Whereas the unskilled, they cannot stop and can only advance to the impasse of over-filling, taking potential over the cusp of killing cyclic convergence, sealing their own fate in terms of karmic retribution. This is creating danger where there is none.

The Way is void of emptying or filling. Its manifesting principle rests on the verge of going into action in perpetuity, where awareness has never moved. This is not some other time or place. It’s your own unattributable mind right now. It’s not some other mind. But since people are habituated to actively and passively following conceptually subjective rationalized objects, and thus the created falls into the organization of yin and yang’s endless alternations, by virtue of conditions, the wise have found and passed on the secret of virtuous absorption of the primal in nonaction, through turning the light around in subtle spiritual nonpsychological reversal. This is aware nonbeing within being.

Though there are many names, inner peace is evidence of people’s innate Bright Virtue.

Though this thing called bright virtue is and ancient Confucian term, even as lat as the 1600s, when Bankei was growing up as a boy and studying in the Tokugowan educational institutions provided to certain classes (and sexes), no one, not even the Buddhist monks, could describe the basis whereby "The way of great learning lies in clarifying bright virtue." By the time he was 11, he had been kicked out of his home due to this all-consuming obsession of finding out to his satisfaction what lay at the bottom of this thing called bright virtue.

About the time he was 16, he met Umpo and when asked the same question as all the others, Umpo replied that in order to find out, Bankei would have to take up zazen. After three years, he left Umpo. Four years later, he returned. Umpo then impressed upon Bankei that he would never reach his goal as long as he persisted in searching for an answer outside of himself, though Umpo himself did not have the wherewithal to provide the insight that realizing one's bright virtue is not a matter of zazen practice, no matter how severe the regimen Bankei would (and did) subject himself to.

Bankei later admitted that, at his darkest hours after fourteen years of deprivation and searching, now having resigned himself to dying, physically and mentally self-abused and tubercular, he suddenly had the insight that All things are perfectly resolved in the Unborn. Even so, it took another jolt sometime later, triggered by the smell of plum blossoms, before his attachments to obstacles ceased, and he attained realization of innate peace independent of conditions.

Obstacles are perennial, whereas your nature is unborn. Enlightening being functions in the midst of obstacles, it doesn't get rid of them.
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Re: Inner Peace

Postby chankin1937 on Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:21 pm

deci belle wrote(snipped a lot):
The Way has never moved, therefore those skilled at self-refinement …….rest where there is only awareness itself ….……. the wise have found and passed on the secret of virtuous absorption of the primal in nonaction……, Though there are many names, inner peace is evidence of people’s innate Bright Virtue…….. Obstacles are perennial……. Enlightening being functions in the midst of obstacles, it doesn't get rid of them.


Hello deci belle,
There are a few grains of gold among the …….other stuff.
(Thanks for the historical notes on Bankei.)
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Re: Inner Peace

Postby deci belle on Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:47 pm

❤︎!!
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