Discussion of Chinese Chán (禪) Buddhism.
Where do I abide? Where do all the other sentient beings abide? Are we the same or different?
When all my actions are dictated by my fears and desires, am I alone in suffering the consequences? To be here for you, I must first be free from me.
how d you stop good and bad?
be here. how can you not?
another one for your enjoyment:
The correct way of practice is to simply sit in stillness, and silently investigate; deep down there is a state one reaches where externally one is no longer swirled about by causes and conditions. The mind being empty, it is all embracing; its luminosity being wondrous, it is precisely apt and impartial. Internally there are no thoughts of grasping after things; vast and solitary, being just as it is—free from confusion. Alive and potent, all dependency and opposition are severed; one remains self-contained. Being self-contained has nothing to do with emotional feelings; one does not rely on anything at all. Being quite outstanding, [this state of suchness] is full of life and spirit, and does not fall into defiled appearance; one finds a resting place. Pure and immaculate, it is bright; being bright, it is penetrating. It is able to respond smoothly in accordance with phenomena, where phenomena do not obstruct each other. Floating effortlessly, clouds appear on mountain peaks; shining boldly, the reflections of the moon flow along mountain streams. Everywhere—there are radiant luminosity and spiritual transformations; clearly, appearances are unobstructed! Mutually responding, like a cover to a container or the tip of a sword meeting a shooting arrow’s point. With further training and nourishing, it [e.g., the practice] ripens. Its essence becomes firm and stable; it penetrates every place freely. Cut off sharp corners; don’t speak of theories [of right and wrong]. Like a white ox or a tamed ferret that naturally [and willingly] responds to any command—one can then be called a true person. Therefore it is said, “Having the Dao of no-mind, one can be like this; having not yet gained no-mind, it is extremely difficult!”
How can there be any enjoyment?
Deep down there is a state one reaches where burning, unsatisfied, innermost desire of one's heart, with no object, with no cause, and with no explanation, resides. There are three roads from that point. One can try to turn away from it, but this road doesn't lead far, or one can go deeper, and dive right in the middle of it, but this road is similar to walking naked through hell's fire, or when it becomes unbearable one can try to run from it into a remote place, where sounds, sights and smells of human world just don't reach, and let everything dissolve and merge with the fierce autumn storm, who would then carry it all away, together with your heart and mind.
Guo Gu, where are you, your last visit was recorded a while back, hopefully all is well there, but if not you just have to exercise your body carefully please, even against your mind's will, to last longer in this lifetime, and in a good shape, even if that would be contrary to the law of causation.
thanks. i tweaked my back so was out of commission. i'm alright now.
as for enjoyment, there's joy when your heart is free from burden vexations.
if that doesn't work, send me your vexations (just don't send me your bills) every time they arise. just say to yourself, "go to guo gu. i am not available." that way, you're free.
here for you,
You were pulling someone straight towards liberation, and it was too hard?..
You mean, 100-dollar bills? OK, I won't. But to sort good vexations from bad vexations, where do I start? Is everything that arise -- "vexations"? As of recently I've been investigating one thing that I still have no clue about, though am familiar with it for more than 20 years. Say, you go far away from civilized "world", into wilderness, or maybe in your case to a solitary retreat, where absolutely none of the sounds, smells and sights of human activity can be perceived, where no cell phone signal reach, you see, like that... should be some 15 - 20 miles into any sort of wilderness (desert, mountains, forest, you choose). Then, there is a "switching" to a certain new kind of functioning of your entire "body/mind/feelings" system. Maybe 2 - 3 hours are enough. maybe 24 hours. Not sure how (if at all) this works with others. But this new mode of functioning is accompanied by a certain "emotional" (for the want of a better word) background. Maybe due to the transformation of one's perceptions state into some "free" or "unrestricted" and "open" mode. Still don't know how all the mechanics works. But is this a "vexation", when, upon investigation, I find this state favorable and beneficial? Returning into the "world" -- there is always "switching" back. Gradual or more sudden, but always undesired. I would send you this "vexation" for your analysis. But how do I package it? It won't fit into a business envelope...
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My father was continuously saying that "let's get a bed to you" "let's get a bed to you" and finally we went outside and bought a new bed to me.I wanted the bed a hard made one.But couldn't use it when we got it at home.And what did i do? I put the old one just on the new one.And still using it in this way.Now I have no problem any longer with my back.
Just is my bed story.don't know what lessons to take
Still is my point.
Words open words:
As to say, I know alot of folks around here where i live who built their strategy only on just doing the opposite of eagle (view).They are so called crows.I will not use bad language to them.
I want to say them a word.
"How beautiful is the (full) moon."
another lovely passage:
wide and far-reaching without limit; pure and clean, it emits light. its spiritual potency is unobscured. although it is bright, there are no objects of illumination. it can be said to be empty, yet this emptiness is [full of] luminosity. it illumines in self-purity, beyond the working of causes and conditions, apart from subject and object. its wondrousness and subtleties are ever present; its luminosity is also vast and open. moreover, this is not something that can be conceived of as existence or nonexistence. nor can it be deliberated about with words and analogies. right here—at this pivotal axle, opening the swinging gate and clearing the way, it is able to respond effortlessly to circumstances—the great function is free from hindrances. at all places, turning and turning about, it does not follow conditions nor can it be trapped in models. in the midst of everything, it settles securely. with “that,” it is identical to what “that” is; with “this,” it is identical to what “this” is. “this and that” inter-fuse and merge without distinction. therefore it is said, “like the earth that holds up a mountain, unaware of its steepness and loftiness; like the stone that contains jade, unaware of the flawlessness of the jade. if one can be thus, this is truly leaving home. people who have left home must get hold of the essence in this way. (T. 48: 73c25-74a4)
most ppl who read these teachings just read them as poetics, but there are so many embedded instructions on how this teaching can be applied in practice...
- correct view of emptiness, selflessness, and purity
- what are thoughts?
- how to engage with the world?
- what kind of attitude should guide practice?
- whether there are "obstructions" out there in the world?
- the meaning of home leaving
just to name a few...
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