"Death is just moving from one dream to another."
"What is going to die is the contracted self sense, you are going to be the universe when you die, are you able to handle that kind of power? Is your mind and heart big enough to say I am the cosmos?"
"During death, you as a drop of water goes back to the sea."
- Andrew Holecek.
So wonderful. Don't be afraid of death.
These are the few crucial insights to develop to experientially understand Buddhism.
John tan few short verses has sort of become a guide in my meditation until I don’t need it anymore. I used to go through it one by one: luminosity, non dual, anatta, emptiness and feel it deeply in meditation.
Then until one day all the insights come tgt to bring u to a place - natural state… when all these rafts will be released automatically. Thanks soh for sharing and of course John for writing.
When we are born, we are traumatically forced into a little self.. and suffering starts.
When we die, we are released from the little self to go back to our true nature, merge with the dharmakaya and be liberated.
If we truly understand, no more birth.
The world cry at death and laugh at birth.
The clearer u see, the more dissociated with the “world” u are.
The heart sutra says “颠倒梦想”- Topsy turvy thinking.
The world teach us 颠倒梦想。
Be gentle when trying to know your mind.
It’s not hard.
It’s not anywhere else.
It’s right there, u are sensing it right now, U just do not know that.
U will sense that you are “looking out” at the tree.
Relax more. Relax.
Turn slightly inwards. Face inwards. Feel the tree from the tree.
The tree is actually the mind. The mind cannot be found, but it manifest as a tree.
The tree is the mind essence - appearing, yet empty.
You can validate the appearance.
You can also validate the emptiness.
Don’t infer. Just feel.
Can u feel how empty the tree is when the mind is sensing the tree right there and then at its place ?
Do it for every senses.
Feel deeply the “sensing energy” .. it’s very subtle, very light. It knows.
It knows every particle in the universe.
Every single inch of the universe is like so- appearing yet empty.
Your hair is ur mind
Your clothes is ur mind.
Ur thoughts are ur mind
The music is ur mind.
The person u see in front is ur mind.
All over is your mind.
Just mind through and through.
Not even one particle can be excluded.
No single self that could be grasped.
Jsut this is all.
As equal as can be.
That’s the dharmata.
That’s what Buddha wants to show us.
This book helped me a lot, I will recommend it to anyone especially those who has ascertain their mind clearly(anatta), I think it will benefit greatly.
It’s mainly Mahamudra teachings, but The instructions and terminologies are non sectarian and easy to understand.
“Do not kill or harm, remain firm in your minds nature”, Is the gist of his powerful teaching. It is the gist of the whole path really.
I can feel the deep sincerity, compassion and blessings from a great master radiating through the book, which is taught by another great disciple of his. Truly amazing.
In one of his meditation manuals, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche says that the reason we do not realize the nature of the mind is not be- cause it is too difficult, but because it is too easy.
The nature of the mind is something that we have, so we think,"It can't be that." There's nothing we need to do to it; there is nothing complicated about it. Do we not realize it because it is far away? No, it is not-rather, it is too near. It is so dose to us that we already have it, but we do not realize this. For this reason we do not need to make up an essence to rest in; we rest within our own nature as it is. This is how we should meditate.
When I was young, I studied philosophy, including the middle way. Middle way texts talk a lot about different types ofemptiness such as categorized emptiness, uncategorized emptiness, and so forth. When I asked my khenpo, Khenpo Lodro Rabsal, "What is this? What does emptiness mean?" he said, "Don't think so much about the outside. Think a bit about the inside, and that will help."
"Ah," I thought. "How can you do that? How can you think about the inside?" I did not understand what he meant. I thought there was probably nothing to think about on the inside.
Then later I met Khenpo Gangshar. Everyone said,"He is a strange lama. There's something different about him. You get a different feel- ing from him."
I wondered what they meant. The first time I saw him, there was no different feeling. I wondered what was going on and what was going to happen. Then he first gave a pointing out ofsorts. He asked, "Did you recognize anything?" but nothing happened. But as I spent some time in his presence, I had the thought, "Oh, this is it. This is the emptiness that Nagarjuna talked about, isn't it!" Before I had thought that emptiness was something far away, but then I came to see that emptiness is really dose. This happened because of the bless- ings of the lama.
At that point I realized what Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche had meant by saying it was too near. I realized what he meant by saying it was too easy. The mind is not far away; it is within us. If you fiddle with it and alter it a lot, then it becomes fabricated. That doesn't work. The essence of the mind itself, however it may be, is just the way it is. We need to meditate by looking at it the way it is.