Sunday, September 6, 2015

Wu Hsin - Behind the mind (Intro)

Behind the Mind: The Short Discourses of Wu Hsin

The Short Discourses, Part One 

The  Master  entered  the  Great  Hall  and  began  the  season’s  discourses with these words:

Wu Hsin has not visited the abode of truth. Its address is unknown even to him.

Therefore,  the  focus  here  is  neither  on  seeking  nor  finding  the  truth. Rather,  it  is  weeding  out  the  lies.  The  discovery  of  truth  is  in  the discernment of the false.

Wu Hsin is helpless before you in that he cannot transform you into what you already are. In this sense, Wu Hsin bestows the greatest gift to you by informing you that you are not what you seem to be.

This  is  nothing  new;  instead,  it  is  the  most  ancient,  transmitted through the  silence.  Silence  is  the  most  powerful  instruction.  It  is  the  global solvent in which all doubts and questions dissolve. It is the silence that is

Wu  Hsin's speaking  is  an  interruption to the  silence.  The  silence speaks far louder than any of his words

As such, most of our time together is spent in this silence. For those not yet able to discern from the silence, Wu Hsin will offer a few words daily.

However, be forewarned. Words consistently fail to express the ineffable. Every  word  approaches  it  and  is  then  repelled  back.  More  words  fail further. Words produce concepts; many words produce many concepts.

In that regard, Wu Hsin speaks minimally, making a point and leaving it up to the listener to allow the words to bask in silence and, in so doing, discern the deeper meaning.

Don't attempt to understand. Don't deal with my words with the intellect; do not commit them to memory. Let the words pass through you, piercing through  the  mind  and  through  the  intellect  and  returning  to  their  true source.

Wu Hsin is not speaking person to person. Personage is not welcome in this hall. There is no transmission, there is no transmitter, and there is no receiver. You  came here  as  an  individual. If  you  leave  as  an  individual, then you have gotten nothing.

There is some thing which truly is no thing from which every thing is its expression.

I am I, formless, yet appearing as me, with form.

The body, its sensing systems, and the mind are all referenced via "I", that is, I act, I see, I think. These are Its agent, Its instrument.

It  is  That  which  exists  in  and  of  itself,  dependent  on nothing,  requiring nothing.

It manifests as polarity.

It  is  Noumenon  and  phenomena,  the  One  and  the  Many,  the  eternal, unchanging,  unconditioned  juxtaposed  with  the  time  bound,  changeful, conditioned.

This is the framework which we will develop beginning tomorrow.

With that, he rose and left the Hall. 

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