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Full of Emptiness Like Sky, Nowhere the Mind’s I


When the sun of prajna shines, all notions, all ideas, all perceptions of how things are vanish like the stars at dawn.

Vasubandhu 

(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

Akshobya – The Deep Blue Buddha of the East

Once upon a time, in a world far away, a monk made a vow. The world was called Abhirati, the world of intense delight. Here there lived a Buddha called Visalaksa, and one day the monk told him that he wished to gain Enlightenment for the sake of all beings. The Buddha warned him that this would be an immense task, but determined and fearless, the monk took a series of vows. He would never again give way to anger, or hatred or malice, and never engage in unethical conduct, among other vows.

As he took the vow, he touched the earth, which shook, which trembled in response. So for a very long time, and over many lifetimes, he was unshakeable (Akshobya) and held to these vows. Eventually he achieved Buddhahood and created a pure land called Abhirati. Continue reading Akshobya – The Deep Blue Buddha of the East

Like Infinitely Coursing Water – Limitless Cause and Illimitable Effect

The moment is like a moving mirror, reflecting the wildly complex and vast network of causes, as a massive and limitless array of effects.

Like all the springs and streams, all the rivers and rains, all flowing into one pool, from which is born aloft a fountain. A fountain of time, a timeless emergence.

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A Book of Light, and the Whispers of a Buddha

So I have a beautiful new book, it is already precious to me, as I sit, and the teachings of conditionality, or pratitya samutpada quietly echo and thunderously resound through my consciousness.

A new dharma book that I am looking forward to reading. To me it contains wisdom, the promise of raising my level of consciousness, it affords me a feeling of virtue, of purity. Strangely, amazingly fortunate that I am sitting here with it. The causes and conditions of this bizarre confluence overwhelms.

Deliciously complex, yet ever so simple, all that leads to me sat here reflecting on dharma. You might gently apply this wisdom to the situation of you sitting reading this article. Now I’m going to use this wonderful situation for insight, without reading it. I’m going to dissolve it. Simple concepts, profound if experience.

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A Video for Insight – Where Science and Buddhism Cross Paths

I love Youtube. I was writing about Synchronicity, and youtube is an interesting place to contemplate something like synchronicity I can promise you!

I haven’t even finished watching it, but it seemed appropriate to share this video, as it is blowing my socks off. Sorry if you have slow internet, or are looking at this on a phone.

 

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Cleansing the Doors of Perception

 

Cleansing the doors of perception everything would be seen as it is, infinite

William Blake

Just looking. Seeing things as they are. Just hearing, just smelling, just looking. This is mindfulness, and in this sense mindfulness can be a warm awareness that encompasses all, our whole experience inner and outer. The breathing meditation is to cultivate this deep awareness of everything we do. Continue reading Cleansing the Doors of Perception