Eh Ma Oh !
Dharma Wondrous Strange !
Profoundest Mystery of the Perfect Ones.
Within the Birthless, all things take their birth,
Yet in that birth, nothing is borne.
From the infinitely vast to the emptiness in the atom and the subatomic dance, from dimensions unknown to the stretching of time, I find awe. Our survival demands evolution, which demands transformation, which demands practice. The principle of practice is simple, we take regular steps, and we take care of every moment and every being as best we can.
For this to happen, we need to stay inspired, so that what is highest in you is in contact with what is highest in the universe. What for you causes that resonance, that shimmering and sparkling in the heights of your being? What is it that connects you to awe and wonder? How do you stay connected and stay inspired, how do you keep it alive in your practice?
I recently rediscovered this, having listened to it ceaselessly for a while about a decade ago. It is beautiful, both the poetry and the unique Vietnamese vocals, refreshingly simple, astonishingly powerful.
I have been writing a series about the mandala of the five buddhas, or jinas, or conquerors. This is because I recently gave a talk about the Buddha Amoghasiddhi, and found the writing of it very inspiring. I published articles about Amoghasiddhi and Akshobya late last year, and have articles coming up on the other three Buddha figures; Ratnasambhava, Amitabha and Vairocana.
Buddha, means one who is awake, and this represents the pinnacle of human potential, the teacher of gods and men. What this means is beyond the scope of either our minds or our words to understand. We are however treated to glimpses of spiritual qualities, of higher states of consciousness, and of true reality as we walk our path through life.
Perhaps we might notice the dance of the leaves in the breeze, or the amazement of a beautiful sunrise, or experience stillness, expansion, compassion, or are struck by a feeling of awe, of beauty, of something that is beyond. Continue reading The Five Buddha Mandala – A Brief Introduction
To my readers,
How is your meditation? How is your life?
I hope you are well, I feel that I would like to communicate a little more directly with you. I feel perhaps I have been writing too much about my own experience, and perhaps letting you down if you are learning. The raft I have constructed to get me to the further shore may not be right for you, since we all start from where we are, with our own unique conditioning, issues, views and tendencies.
Perhaps we all must build our own, but just as one must choose the right materials from which to build a raft, we are likely to want to use similar materials, similar meditation practices and teachings, in other words, the ones taught by those who have successfully made this journey themselves.
I want to make this blog as useful to you as I can, so I want to ask you how your meditation is, how your life is, how your spiritual life is going?
If you had been out walking one night, two and a half millennia across time, you might have seen, framed against the moonlight shining on the river, a meditating figure. There would have been something deeply compelling about this sight, about the enigmatic smile and peaceful countenance.
Had you been out again the next morning, the same sight would have greeted you, except this time he would be framed by golden light of the sparkling sunshine, dancing on the surface of the gently flowing stream.
What you would not know, what you could not know, is that in the sparkling stream of consciousness connecting the two sights, the most profound event for life in this aeon had arisen. A Buddha had come to be.
Continue reading The Buddha’s Activity is as Sunlight Dancing on the Waters of Time
O diamond warrior, purify my karma, meet me as we transcend time and space. Honour my potential, and bless me with your purifying, glistening healing nectar of white light. Restores us to our true home and our true nature.
Radiance. Shunyata. White Fire.
An experience of coming home so pure and true as to echo through eternity.
Dynamite vajra prince, smash my selfishness asunder, heal me of my greed and my foolishness. Hero fight by my side as I face down all demons. Lend me your gaze of white fire. Let me sit with you in boundless pure light.
Great Protector, Love me passionately. May your diamond blaze melt all that stands between me and the truth. I dissolve into you, bond sealed across space and time.
Vajrasattva nature pure like the sun, shining scintillating rainbows through the universal fields, helping lotuses everywhere grow and bloom.
Let us stand nowhere, striving side by side beyond space and time to release all beings from their suffering, so that all that lives may be free.
When the sun of prajna shines, all notions, all ideas, all perceptions of how things are vanish like the stars at dawn.
(Prajna – Wisdom, insight into the nature of reality)
Sometimes if you read dharma books, you can be struck by insight, a penny drops, and a teaching becomes clearer. It may be particularly well-written, or from a perspective you hadn’t come across before. This happened to me over the holidays,and it was the teaching of emptiness, or voidness, in this case through the lens of anatta or selflessness.
Anatta is one of the three portals to insight, or lakshanas, the lack of any lasting true self is a window looking out onto enlightenment. Indeed, this selflessness is one way to the end of selfishness, the end of duality, a way of approaching the great voidness, the great light.
It is so clear that the assumption of the self, in everything we do or think, is the fundamental root of all craving, all suffering, and all the other defilements such as greed, hatred and delusion. Without a self desiring, where can be desire? Continue reading Full of Emptiness Like Sky, Nowhere the Mind’s I
Another year has passed, and we are reminded of the passing of time. The numbers change, the years of our lives pass. To recollect the preciousness of our time is not depressing, but a reminder that it is to be cherished, this gift of life. Yesterday I wrote about setting goals and deciding to achieve them, and also about the joy of giving, and ways we might better serve our communities and our world.
However, I want to suggest that whatever your faith, however you define or label yourself in religious or non-religious terms, that one of the best and healthiest resolutions you could make are to turn your mind to its patterns and conditioning, and begin to know freedom from the processes with which the mind decides that things are not right, and that you need x or y to make you happy. I want to offer the possibility of freedom from craving and grasping and clinging, I want to suggest you learn to meditate. Continue reading Four Mind-Turning Reflections and the Threefold Way