A Selection of True Awakening Experiences Part III

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This article is in response to Barbara Franken’s challenge: link

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I am asked to relate my awakening experience. This article is about the time that I first became aware of all that we take to be ‘the world’ is not what we think it is. It was in 1966 and I was a 16-year-old who had hitch-hiked to Istanbul from Trieste, Italy where I lived at that time. Continue reading

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true sovereignty

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samurai

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Thich Nhat Hanh:

“Often, we live a life of compromise so that there’s peace in the house. We buy a small peace so that we can get though the day. And if we live like that we aren’t a great person, but a cracked vase, unable to contain the rice soup. If we want to be a great Dharma instrument, then we have to be determined not to let other people trick us.

“Master Linji exhorted us to be the master of our own situation, but that doesn’t mean we need to fight and suppress others, but rather to be masters of ourselves. Suppose we have a friend who is quick to anger. We can think there is something wrong with him, and try to suppress his anger. Or we can be the masters of ourselves in that situation, feeling real compassion for the other person’s difficulties.

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have no-mind

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My Comment:

This is living life without forethought and always letting go of the now in the now. This is life without the mind clogging up the works by wanting to create a vision for the next moment. It clogs up the free flow of vital energy and of the Mystery of creation because it holds on to what is pleasurable in the present moment and repels what is uncomfortable in the present moment. What we call ‘the mind’ is no more than impressions in memory of these things to avoid and those we want to attract into our lives.

However, by feeding this tendency to create security and safety for itself, the mind is continually strengthening past impressions of memory. These are like grooves in the brain, or, some say, like scars in the brain. Vital energy, the life force, cannot move through our psycho-somatic organism smoothly because of all of these barriers to the new, the now. When we understand the importance of destruction as a part of creation we can then let go and die to the present moment again, again and again. We trust in the mystery to create the most suitable form for its energy to flow into at any given moment.

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Zen Master Linji:

“Monks, what are you looking for? In the present moment you are standing before me listening to the Dharma. It is luminous and clear. You do not need to depend on anything and since you lack nothing you have nothing to search for. As I see it, there isn’t so much to do. Just be ordinary  – put on your robes, eat your food, and pass the time doing nothing. “

“If you want nothing to stand between you and the Buddhas and masters, you have to see this. Do not doubt anymore, do not be mistaken anymore. If you can maintain this insight, you are living masters. If you cannot maintain this insight, then there will be a difference between nature and appearance. When the mind does maintain this insight, nature and appearance are not two different things.”

source: Thich Nhat Hanh, Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go, p. 40

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related article: “ordinary monk”

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a magic show

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“If you arrive at understanding the unborn nature of all that is and know that the mind is a magic show, that there is no object, no phenomenon that has real existence, then wherever you are there is purity, and that is Buddha.”

Zen Master Linji

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the unborn nature of all that is

the mind is a magic show

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roam as a free person

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If you wish to roam in birth and death as a free person, you should recognize who it is who is listening to the Dharma here.

Although that person has no form, no distinguishing sign, no basis, no origin, no place of abode, he is living, infinitely active, able to display tens of thousands of wonderful functions, and all those functions have the nature of non-abiding.

Linji

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