Monday March 10, 2014
A friendly reminder that today opens two weeks of live-streaming with Braco -- an opportunity to experience qi transmission of a very high order, for those who are so inclined.
And now, for your inspiration and enjoyment, compliments of the great Tibetan visionary Longchenpa (excerpted from The Precious Treasury Of The Basic Space Of Phenomena):
Just as all light is subsumed
within the sun as its source,
all phenomena are subsumed
within awakened mind as their source --
even the impurity and confusion
in the universe of appearances and possibilities.
Whatever occurs, by examining basic space
as its matrix and abode
you find that it has no foundation, but is subsumed
within the timeless freedom of mind.
Beyond labels and their meanings,
confusion and its absence are subsumed
within the true nature of phenomena --
the timeless expanse, a supremely spacious state.
Even the marvelous display
of awareness's own manifestations --
the kayas, pure realms, timeless awareness,
and enlightened activities --
is subsumed within the naturally occurring state
that is not made or unmade.
Awakened mind subsumes the universe
of appearances and possibilities,
all of samsara and nirvana.
Lucid and uncompounded, it can be compared
to the sun shining in the empty sky.
Occurring primordially and naturally,
it is a spacious, timeless expanse ...
Saturday March 8, 2014
The essay that I posted yesterday -- On Taking Refuge: A Play In Five Acts -- represents the first pass at an inquiry into the slippery fish of the question: what does it mean to take refuge?
I call this question a "slippery fish" because I've noticed, in recent weeks, how my mind resists settling into a position of looking directly at it, and allowing it to unfold, and instead wriggles and wiggles and squirms -- like a slippery fish -- somehow not wanting to actually see what there is to see (or not-see, as the case may be).
My sense of what is at the root of this "wriggling and wiggling and squirming" is ... Read more
Friday March 7, 2014
First: The Final Word
As Pure Awareness (Dharmakaya, Tao), I am the nondual "refuge" -- the true home -- of all appearances. Perceptions, sensations, thoughts and images arise and dissolve as playful modulations in/as Me, like waves arising and dissolving in/as the ocean, or movie-characters arising and dissolving in/as the movie-screen.
As such, Refuge -- like Truth, Love, Beauty, Wisdom, Compassion and Peace -- is one of My divine attributes, one of the facets of the jewel of True Self. Refuge is not some "thing" that needs to be sought, or found, or attained -- nor is it some thing that can ever, in Reality, be lost. It needs only to be recognized as always and already the case.
I Am Refuge.
Thursday March 6, 2014
This whimsical post, compliments of the Rambling Taoist --
"Yesterday, our apartment complex was assaulted -- yes, assaulted! -- by something far worse than locusts or the plague ..." read more
-- put a smile on my face, and brought to mind:
* The Inner Smile
* The Belly Brain
* The Finger & The Moon
And left me wondering .... can we conclude anything other than: even locusts (and worse!) are -- in their truest substance, their inner-most nature, their heart of hearts -- God?