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"The Clear Knowing of Spirit/Intelligent Awareness is Also Not It"
1. Practitioners that are paying close attention to oneself, experiencing oneself, continuously and directly looking into life's fundamental substance, will often encounter a kind of vast, pure/undefiled, seemingly unmoving state of "clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness". And there are those who think that just this is "Buddha-Nature", "Buddha", "The Original Face". This is actually not so, do not have a mistaken idea.
2. This vast, peaceful, seemingly unmoving state of "clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness", is a kind of undefiled state of mental consciousness. It still has arising and cessation, it is still a dharma of arising and cessation. If you do not see this, when a person dies, or faints, or undergoes the deep dreamless sleep during the night, where is this "clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness" residing at? No more (?)! From this we know, the "clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness" is also arising and ceasing dharmas, it is not the not permanent and not impermanent Buddha-Nature/original face.
3. This vast, peaceful, seemingly unmoving state of "clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness", is also called "the luminous-form body", and also called "the body apart from the body". It is still a form of "appearance", similar to the appearance of our form/physical body, it is similarly an appearance. One isn't superior to the other, nor is one of a higher class. If we "seize upon conditions" and treat it is as my Self, when the thirtieth of the twelfth lunar month comes (meaning the time of death), we'll see who will you adhere to?
4. If we think that the pure state of "clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness" is the Self, is the Original Face, that would be another kind of self-grasping, it is an image of self in another form. It is like dropping the physical body yet treating the luminous body as Self, Mine, in such a case of dropping and grasping, it is like a blind man picking maize, dropping one yet picking another; it is also like a big yellow dog biting on a bone, dropping the jawbone of a donkey and picking up a bone of a deer. Always unable to rest and withdraw the hands, always unable to empty one's mouth. One is always not a man that is clean and free of things (to do), unable to be truly liberated.
5. This state of "clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness", can only be made use of, but should not be "seized upon" (grasped at), and even more one should never establish it as Self or Mine. Abiding in such a state could allow us to enjoy a sense of refreshment but we should never stubbornly guard it. If we stubbornly guard it, we are finding another post for tying horses, or a donkey peg (is this right?), again entering into a kind of cave of a black mountain, a bucket of black lacquer. No matter what we are carrying, no matter what we are guarding after, one will always never obtain freedom, it belongs to contrived actions, it is all action/conditioned dharmas.
6. Protecting/keeping after realization, is not protecting/keeping it: it is also not to realize it. It is only a "by-product" of realization, it is naturally encountered. Protecting/keeping, is simply keeping the non-arising of subject and object, even if it has arisen one also does not grasp at it. Protecting/keeping is to sustain a kind of state in which life flows smoothly without obstructions, it is not about protecting/keeping a something. If we protect/keep a something, that is not protecting/keeping, that is finding a post for tying horse, finding a golden cage or silver cage or crystal cage or other similar kinds of cages.
7. "The Clear Knowing of Spirit/Intelligent Awareness" is only a kind of use/function of life, just like the uses/functions of walking, standing, sitting and lying down. We should not overvalue that which is inexpensive, we should not over-weigh that which is light, we should not mythologize it, nor sanctify it, that would be walking into the deep mountains of fantasies/deluded thoughts, and not coming to the country of truth. When the clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness manifests, we simply know it as it is, but do not hold nor protect/keep, nor do we restrict nor prevent, simply know and use it as it is; treating it should be similar to treating our own physical body.
8. The bright moon shines in the sky, that is still the man below rank (not yet entering the gate). The clear knowing of spirit/intelligent awareness, should never lead to the stubborn arising of views. Establishing subject and object in the midst of seeing, birth and death comes yet another round. When the root (sense faculty) and dust (sense object) meet, clear appearances are also illusions. All that are illusions should be left, we should not give rise to thoughts of craving. The appearance of bright and clear spirit/intelligence is not the Buddha's original face. Buddha has ten thousand faces, each face is fresh and alive. Speaking up to ask the noble man, which face is the Buddha's face? Where is the Buddha's face? Who knows and who has seen it before? When you are able to see the Dharmakaya, it is clearly right in front.
Labels: Anatta, I AMness, Luminosity, One Thought Traveler (一念行者)
Thanks Soh. This is brilliant. Simple and clear.
The blank cannot be experienced, if it can be experienced there would be knowing there instead of blankness. So yes, the blank is reflected upon waking up.
It is an inference that knowingness is always present in deep sleep, this is not experienced other than a thought reflecting a past state and imposing one's self-view of an eternal awareness on it. Even when knowingness is experienced in sleep it is but a momentary manifestation.
In anatta it is realized that there is no background, no seer/witness apart from ongoing fluxes of states that knows and rolls on its own accord without a knower. In seeing just scenery, in hearing just sound, in deep sleep just deep sleep and there is no changeless awareness underlying all of them.
Generally one will need to go through certain phases of deepening insights to understand this, like http://awakeningtoreality.blogspot.com/2007/03/thusnesss-six-stages-of-experience.html
"However, what the Advaitins are saying is precisely that - Awareness is inherently existing, changeless, independent, singular, irreducible, etc."
If they are truly saying this, and not using it as a mere tool as an aid to realization, then they are mistaken. But I am not sure they actually believe this at all...
Depending on various inclinations and conditions, I still ask some people to practice self-inquiry, read Advaita, Ramana Maharshi etc. And I have many advises on that in my e-book which you should know. Though I do not agree that those Advaita teachers ultimately point to "Anatta", "Emptiness" etc.
Would you mind sharing your insight into anatta and what triggered it, when it happened and how is experience like for you now? That should be interesting.
Glad that my diary, Thusness's stuff etc are to your liking.
As for stage six, I had an experience maybe two or three weeks ago. Again when awaking from sleep. Before the whole mind came online, so to speak. I simply saw that everything lacked inherency, it was in a sense "flickering" and seemed very unreal. It was deeply frightening and very unpleasant.
The experience is beginning to fade from memory, so it is difficult to describe it accurately, and I think my understanding of emptiness is mostly intellectual. I do not believe that anything has inherent, substantial existence. It is all conditioned (this is because that is) and all labelled. But when I look at this screen (or the phenomena that make it up) it still appears solid (of course this is dependent, since I can close my eyes and it will pass away until I open them again).
So here I am more unsure. I would have to deeply understand what realizing stage six directly means in terms of actual experience, and that actual experience cannot be different from what it already is, as it would be a mere passing state, like my waking up from the dream.