Friday, June 28, 2013

Jeannie Zandi – All of This for Nothing

Was I always so 
luscious? Did I gleam and 
ripple, without adornment, like 
the sparkling sea? 
Every cell in my body 
dancing! Shining 
from the inside with 
a light that comes from 

Pinned to the moment 
like a butterfly, no longer anywhere 
else to go. Candle flickering inside 
my heart, breath of my child 
breathing me. Heart 
thickly laden with invisible fruit, joy 
beaming from my eyes.

Something broke inside, something laid down, 
exhausted from the struggle, and 
died. Whatever I gave 
myself to then has flowered 
inside and 
taken over, turning 
my home into night sky.

I cannot tell 
you, where I have gone, 
where I am going. As the darkness 
took me, the road disappeared 
behind, and ahead, 

Only walking through now and always 
now. All of this 
for nothing! With the entire universe 
inside me, I have stopped 
asking anyone 

for anything.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chuck Surface - Drunk

Nothing special happened here.
No great enlightenment.
No awakening.

I simply became Drunk
On Myself,
And forgot

I can't remember
A “thing”. 

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche - the great perfection

Homage to the Guru, the teacher.

The View and Meditation of Dzogchen can be explained in many, many ways, but simply sustaining the essence of present awareness includes them all.

Your mind won’t be found elsewhere.
It is the very nature of this moment-to-moment thinking.
Regard nakedly the essence of this thinking and you find present awareness, right where you are.

Why chase after thoughts, which are superficial ripples of present awareness?
Rather look directly into the naked, empty nature of thoughts; then there is no duality, no observer, and nothing observed.

Simply rest in this transparent, nondual present awareness.

Make yourself at home in the natural state of pure presence, just being, not doing anything in particular.

Present awareness is empty, open, and luminous; not a concrete substance, yet not nothing.

Empty, yet it is perfectly cognizant, lucid, aware.

As if magically, not by causing it to be aware, but innately aware, awareness continuously functions.

These two sides of present awareness or Rigpa – its emptiness and its cognizance (lucidity) – are inseparable.

Emptiness and luminosity (knowing) are inseparable.

They are formless, as if nothing whatsoever, ungraspable, unborn, undying; yet spacious, vivid, buoyant.

Nothing whatsoever, yet Emaho!, everything is magically experienced.

Simply recognize this.
Look into the magical mirror of mind and appreciate this infinite magical display.

With constant, vigilant mindfulness, sustain this recognition of empty, open, brilliant awareness.
Cultivate nothing else.
There is nothing else to do, or to undo.
Let it remain naturally.

Don’t spoil it by manipulating, by controlling, by tampering with it, and worrying about whether you are right or wrong, or having a good meditation or a bad meditation.
Leave it as it is, and rest your weary heart and mind.

The ultimate luminosity of Dharmakaya, absolute truth, is nothing other than the very nature of this uncontrived, ordinary mind.

Don’t look elsewhere for the Buddha.
It is nothing other than the nature of this present awareness.
This is the Buddha within.

There are innumerable Dharma teachings.
There are many antidotes to many different kinds of spiritual diseases.
There are many words in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen nondual teachings.
But the root, the heart of all practices is included here, in simply sustaining the luminous nature of this present awareness.

If you search elsewhere for something better, a Buddha superior to this present awareness, you are deluding yourself.

You are chained, entangled in the barbed wire of hope and fear.

So give it up!  Simply sustain present wakefulness, moment after moment.

Devotion, compassion, and perfecting virtue and wisdom are the most important supportive methods for completely fulfilling this naked, nondual teaching about present awareness, the innate Dharmakaya.

So always devote yourself to spiritual practice for the benefit of others and apply yourself in body, speech, and mind to what is wholesome and virtuous.

Sarva mangalam.

May all beings be happy!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Miriam Louisa - a fool’s prayer

 one bright new now
    you looked around at your life
    and you realized
    that with very few exceptions
    those who had shared time on your path
    for years (or just a blink)
    had failed to understand
    the choices you appeared to make
    and you felt the quiver of their
    condemnation in your heart

    it was never easy walking the Fool’s highway;
    sometimes you even fell by the wayside
    convinced that you were terminally confused
    as you glanced in the mirror of mainstream mediocrity
    with its demands for evenness, respectability,

    often it was too hard to find words
    that would find a lucid landing-place
    in the minds of those you so dearly wished
    could understand your crazy irrationality,
    that would make it clear that you weren’t depressed
    or ill, or lost

    but that you were a soul driven by a contract with Truth
    (you had signed up, remember, when still too young
    to understand the consequences)
    that you were a thread of gossamer
    on the breath of Life

    emelle says:
    let me die to the dull respectability of the world
    with its need to turn me into a story
    let me forever be a Fool
    in the hands of the lawless Lover

Rodrigo Rodriguez-Honshirabe

Monday, June 24, 2013

Arthur Osborne - This Dream

At the gates of my heart
I stand—a beggar
In the howling wind
Clad in rags of thought

Open my love, my King
Open the golden gate
Let Thy splendour stream forth
And flood with light

This shadow-world of sorrow
This face bereft of sight
These shadows of tomorrow
This dream

Mad dogs are at my throat
Shall I perish
A beggar at the gate
Of the King of Grace and Mercy
Is this to be my fate
This dream?

My Life and Quest-Arthur Osborne free PDF download

Yeshe Tsogyel - Listen, faithful Tibetans!

Listen, faithful Tibetans!
I am merging with the fundamental, the ground of all that is---
physical pain and suffering are disappearing....

The son, the inner elements of my body,
is reuniting with the mother, the outer elements.
Her physical remains will disappear into earth and stone.

The compassion of the Guru has never left me;
his manifestations fill all the world and call out to welcome me.

This wild lady has done everything;
Many times have I come and gone, but now, no longer.
I am a Tibetan wife sent back to her family.
I shall now appear as the Queen, the All-good, the Dharmakaya.

This self-sufficient black lady
has shaken things up far and wide;
now the shaking will carry me away into the southwest.

I have finished with intrigues,
with the fervent cascades of schemes and deceptions;
I am winding my way into the expanse of the Dharma.

I have mourned many men of Tibet who have left me behind---
but now I am the one who will go to the land of the Buddhas.

Tiruvalluvar - Realization

Of the folly which takes the unreal for real
Comes the wretchedness of birth.

The pure of vision undeluded
Shall taste radiant joy.

To those freed of doubt and clear
More than earth is Heaven near.

Where a sense of the Real is lacking,
The other five senses are useless.

The mark of wisdom is to see the reality
Behind each appearance.

Those who have learnt to see the reality here
Will have learnt not to come back here.

Reality once searched and seized
No need to think of rebirth.

Wisdom is that rare realization
Which removes the folly of rebirth.

To one who clings and does not cling
Clinging ills will not cling.

Where lust, wrath and delusion are unknown
Sorrow shall not be.

Jackson Peterson - Teachings

source art Vadim Gudkov

The Form of Awareness

Awareness has no form of its own.  It is absolute emptiness, like space, yet is clearly aware.  It is our immediate awareness that is the experiencing knowingness in oneness with all experience.  There is no distance between our experience and our awareness of it.  There is no better or worse for awareness.  All experiences are equal in value.  Its form is our exact experience just as it is being experienced.  All sensory input and our thoughts about sensory experience are the forms awareness is taking in every moment.  Whatever the experience, it is the form of our awareness, and is therefore perfect.  We can give up trying to create an improved life, emotional or psychological conditions as well as give up trying to resist “negative” life, emotional or psychological conditions.  Each moment of experience is the perfection of our self-expression, the manifestation of our awareness.  Recognizing this is the form awareness is taking in that moment.  Not recognizing this is also the form awareness is taking in that moment.  But at no time is changeless awareness becoming this or that.   Like a mirror, the reflections have no benefit or harm to the mirror.  Likewise, our experiences have no benefit or harm to our awareness, as they are the forms of our awareness.


Final Resolution and Total Relaxation in Dzogchen

by Jackson Peterson on Thursday, 10 November 2011
In the Dzogchen phase of pracitce known as Trekchod or "cutting through tension", there eventually comes a sense of completion: no more practice, no searching and no effort to "stabilize a state".  When it is recognized that Awareness or Beingness is naked of any particular flavor or form or "feel", that Awareness is then known to be the Knowing within all experience.  All experience is equal in this case or sometimes known as "same taste" in Dzogchen or Buddhist Mahamudra.
We have to be alert that we don't have a subtle definition of Awareness that colors its empty, nakedness.  That means we , by mistake, make Awareness into a particualr state of experience.  That would be like:  "Awareness is a clear openness that is spacious and serene" or "a sense of awakened-ness" or "transparency" or "bliss" or "love" etc.  We then have defined Awareness  and by doing so we have made it possible to lose the "state of Awareness".  When we aren't feeling that "clear openness that is spacious and serene" we feel we have lost Awareness. But Awareness has no definition, all experience is the experience of Awareness.  Awareness has no form or state of its own. That then allows Awareness to be every state, every feeling,every emotion,every thought, every identity sensation, every perception. That being so, what is there left to achieve?  Every experience, happy, sad or neutral is the appearance of Awareness. We give up completely the notion that Awareness has to have some particular flavor or color. Oh my god, we can finally really relax! Its over!  Every experience is equal in Awareness! What could you possibly practice?  You are already aware, so you don't need to become aware.  Everything is already happening however its happening, so there is nothing special to do. No special "state" to attain!  If you experience a special state, that's  fine, but it will never become stable.  The only stability is your unchanging perceiving of whatever is experienced. That unchanging perceivingness is Awareness, the heart of the Dharmakaya (Pure Primordial Being).

Our consciousness is like a little sphere of pure awareness that for a time takes on a temporary form like a crystal sphere. Its seems like it is in the vast ocean of empty pure awareness as a little circular "ice cube" sphere  that crystallizes as a vibration, like a photon of light. When this bead of awareness becomes aware of itself fully, it reverts to the non-local wave-state of vast Awareness. This is the work we do in Tibetan Dzogchen. We reverse the "collapsed" wave state as a "particle" of Light Awareness, back into "super position" non-locality. Then all of its elaborations like the body, energy and mind revert to the status of Pure Light Awareness.