Saturday, April 27, 2013

Matt Kahn - I Am

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I Am


I am the kingdom that you seek,
the simple truth that words can't speak.
I am the Buddha's silent vow,
and every question asking how.
Within all shapes and in-between,
I am the space that rests unseen.
I am the spark engulfing mind,
the noticer, you'll never find.
With inquiry, you'll find what's true,
I am this breath that breathes as you.

I am the stars, I am the sky,
I am the life that cannot die.
I am this word that came and passed,
like a sound in time, that cannot last.
I am the now, I am what's here,
and every thought, that's seen so clear.
I am the love, I am the light,
I am the dark that's burning bright.
I am the grace, I am the heart,
I am what can't be pulled apart.
I am the trees, I am the birds,
I am the dream that reads these words.
I am the war, I am the peace,
and all resolve, when choices cease.
I am the joy, I am the dance,
of temporary circumstance.

I am the all, I am the one,
the truth that is, when all is done.
I am the life, just passing through,
I'm what remains, and so are you.


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Friday, April 26, 2013

Dzogchen - The Great Perfection

The Garuda


'No-one going no-where'

 Dzogchen is 'The Great Perfection', the apogee of Tibetan Tantric Buddhist meditation accomplishment. It is the Buddha's enlightenment in rainbow light.

Dzogchen is also a path of existential praxis which is the quintessence of all Tantra. But it cannot be taught or learned. Either you get it or you don't. It is the school of Buddhism with greatest affinity to the sanity of  twenty-first century mystical aspiration.

A sign of Dzogchen is the Garuda, a mythical bird, Khyung or Kading in Tibetan, an ancient  sun-god, the celestial bird sometimes with human face.



The exposition of Dzogchen is conventionally expressed in terms of Vision, Meditation and Action. The mystical jargon is highly abstract and abstruse. One of the great masters of Dzogchen in this century, Kyapje Dunjom Rimpoche, expressed the vision of Dzogchen something like this:

'The first thing is Dzogchen vision which sees what really is -- the nature of mind itself. This is the natural state of being, where the mind makes no distinctions and judgments. This state of awareness is called rigpa. Rigpa is naked awareness of the wholistic here and now. We cannot actually express this awareness and there is nothing to compare it to in order to describe it. It is certainly not the ordinary state of emotional confusion and conflicting thoughts, but neither is it nirvanic cessation. This state cannot be produced or developed, and on the other hand it cannot be stopped or extinguished. We can never be free of it and nor can we fall into error in it. It is impossible to say that we actually exist at that moment but we cannot say that we do not exist. This experience is neither of infinity, nor of anything specific.'

'So, to be brief, because the nature of mind, the Great Perfection, rigpa, cannot be established as any specific thing, state, or action, it has the original face of emptiness which makes it pure from the beginning, all pervasive and all-penetrating. Because the unobstructed lustre of Emptiness and the entire gamut of experience whether confused or transcendant are like the sun and its rays, Emptiness is experienced positively as everything and anything whatsoever and it has the intrinsic nature of non-dual awareness of the spontaneously arisen universe of pure quality. For this reason the recognition of the presence of what is, as the primordial natural state of being, the Real Self of the Three Buddha Bodies, intrinsic awareness as the union of light and emptiness, is called the vision of the inconceivable Great Perfection.'

On the Dzogchen page the nature of Dzogchen is described by various adepts through the ages.



Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sundance Burke - I ran into a fellow


Absolutely, I am Peace, Love, Joy and Wisdom. While on earth, I ran into a fellow who said that his name was Mind. He told me all about himself, while I listened intently. He had so many ideas about himself that his story became quite fascinating. By giving Mind my full attention, I felt a strong sense of his existence. He told me that he was different from others. He said that he felt alienated from life. He said that he often felt lost and that he was afraid of dying. He said that he was unable to avoid suffering. He told me about his desires for a true happiness and fulfillment. He told me about all of his accomplishments and failures. He went on and on and on and on. At once, I realized that he couldn’t stop talking or he’d cease to be who he thought he was. Pity.


Sundance Burke


~ Awake Spirit Teachings, Author of Free Spirit, Non-dual Spiritual Mentor ~

Awake Spirit Teachings speak as freedom, which is our Consciousness, the sweet essence of our lives. The freedom spoken here is an inner knowing. We cannot realize this liberation by catering to our bodies, emotions or minds. No, this freedom is spiritual; an altitude of perception that only arises when we are lighter than our surroundings.

We can realize this lightness of being if we are willing to abide as Awareness and let go of the ego, the one who suffers mind. For this enlightenment to happen, a quiet mind is all we need. Why do anything for this, when only our stillness will suffice. Be silent, be still, be free.

    For those of us who desire to be free of the mind-made self and its delusions, Sundance Burke takes us by the hand and walks with us through the entire landscape of the egoic mind, until we reach its outer boundary. Here, he invites us to take a leap of Self-faith into simply being Awareness. Will we survive?
  
Sundance says: “Who you think you are will not survive and who you are is never threatened. However, only by the leap can this be realized. Truly, all you surrender is your suffering and Now is the time. I invite you to be who you really are.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Adyashanti - True meditation


True Meditation

True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. All methods aiming at achieving a certain state of mind are limited, impermanent, and conditioned. Fascination with states leads only to bondage and dependency. True meditation is abidance as primordial awareness.

True meditation appears in consciousness spontaneously when awareness is not being manipulated or controlled. When you first start to meditate, you notice that attention is often being held captive by focus on some object: on thoughts, bodily sensations, emotions, memories, sounds, etc. This is because the mind is conditioned to focus and contract upon objects. Then the mind compulsively interprets and tries to control what it is aware of (the object) in a mechanical and distorted way. It begins to draw conclusions and make assumptions according to past conditioning.

In true meditation all objects (thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, etc.) are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to focus on, manipulate, control, or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness is the source in which all objects arise and subside.

As you gently relax into awareness, into listening, the mind’s compulsive contraction around objects will fade. Silence of being will come more clearly into consciousness as a welcoming to rest and abide. An attitude of open receptivity, free of any goal or anticipation, will facilitate the presence of silence and stillness to be revealed as your natural condition.

As you rest into stillness more profoundly, awareness becomes free of the mind’s compulsive control, contractions, and identifications. Awareness naturally returns to its non-state of absolute unmanifest potential, the silent abyss beyond all knowing.



Monday, April 22, 2013

Kabir ~ Having Crossed The River ~


Having crossed the river,
where will you go, O friend ?

There’s no road to tread,
No traveler ahead,
Neither a beginning, nor an end.

There’s no water, no boat, no boatman, no cord;
No earth is there, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford.

You have forgotten the Self within,
Your search in the void will be in vain;
In a moment the life will ebb
And in this body you won’t remain.

Be ever conscious of this, O friend,
You’ve to immerse within your Self;

Kabir says, salvation you won’t then need,
For what you are, you would be indeed.




Sunday, April 21, 2013

J. C. Amberchele-LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING OUT OF


LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING OUT OF, and
notice that there are…

NO BOUNDARIES—Like an open window with no frame,
lit from within, notice how huge it is, that the whole world
easily fits inside it, for it is entirely…

EMPTY—Not a speck of anything gets in the way. And
because it is entirely empty, it is…

ENTIRELY FILLED—With the scene. And it isn’t just
“space” for the scene, it is the scene! Thus, it is 

WHAT IS.

And all of it is presented right…

HERE—And it is wide, wide…

AWAKE!

THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE!


(Search the universe far and wide, and you will never find another awareness. There is only THIS, and it is boundless, empty, filled with the scene, right here, and awake. It is Who You Are, and you are THE ALONE.)

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