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Everything becomes unimportant

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“You believe that because you’re thinking. You’re thinking about life,” don Juan said with a glint in his eyes. “You’re not seeing.”

“Would I feel differently if I could see?” I asked

“Once a man learns to see he finds himself alone in the world with nothing but folly,” don Juan said cryptically. . .

“Your acts, as well as the acts of your fellow men in general, appear to be important to you because you have learned to think they are important. . .

“We learn to think about everything,” he said, “and then we train out eyes to look as we think about the things we look at. We look at ourselves already thinking that we are important. And therefore we’ve got to feel important! But then when a man learns to see, he realized that he can no longer think about the things he looks at, and if he cannot think about what he looks at everything becomes unimportant.”

 

–Castaneda, A Separate Reality: Further Conversations With Don Juan

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You have no choice

Shared by Zen Master Wonji Dharma.

17201214_10210934051520137_2127645084600163154_n“Everything is already determined and has no meaning.  I had met with Zen Master Seung Sahn in a private interview back in about 1992. I have spoken often about this particular interview and even posed Zen Master Seung Sahn’s comments to many of the other teachers in the Kwan Um School of Zen, many of the comments I received were less than satisfying. Apparently, he hadn’t made this particular statement to very many people so they weren’t sure how to respond.

“I don’t remember the particular gongàn I was working on at the time, but I had a question about it and honestly, I wish I remember what question I asked him at the time; yet his response really shocked me at the time and I was extremely confused. Nevertheless, his response to my question was “You don’t understand! You have no choice!” I remember thinking, “WHAT? This isn’t Zen Buddhism.” So, I said to him, “Did you just tell me that I have no choice?” Daesonsa-nim said, “Yes, everything is already determined and you have no choice.”

“This confused the shit out of me, so in desperation, I said to him “That sounds like Catholic Determinism, are you telling me that everything is written in a book written by the Dao or God?” He then looked me squarely in the eyes, “You don’t understand, so you are confused.” I asked him to please explain it to me and he said “Look, everything is already determined, and you have no choice. And until you realize that you have no choice, only then do you get a choice.”

“He continued, “Everything has no meaning, no reason, and no choice, and we have our practice to help us understand our true self. Then, we can change no meaning to Great Meaning, which means Great Love. We can change no reason to Great Reason, which means Great Compassion. Finally, we can change no choice to Great Choice, which means Great Vow and Bodhisattva Way.”

“At this point, I bowed to him and thanked him for the interview and frankly I wasn’t sure what it meant. His statement became a huàtóu for me and I sat with it for a very long time, and eventually I digested his comments.”    –Wonji Dharma


Awareness

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Many things help you with concentration, like chanting or bowing, so they can be useful parts of practice. But finally, there is no substitute for insightful seeing or for understanding how you create suffering for yourself; and in the process—in seeing into and through it—how to let go of it. It’s a life of awareness.

—Larry Rosenberg, “The Art of Doing Nothing


Embrace change, it’s all you’ve got

The juicy, wild, power in me,
That destroys and creates me again,
Is calling me forth to renew my life,
Regardless of old ego plans.

 —Kaypacha Lescher, Mantra for 1 Sept.


Masks

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I can no longer lie,
Or continue to pretend,
For every mask I wear,
Destroys me in the end.

—Kaypacha

 

“If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same faith under another mask?” — Graham Greene


See It Whole Again

It isn’t as hard as we make it; but we must be wiling to relinquish habit mind and cut through illusion.  Can you sit and look without naming, judging, categorizing? Try it.

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“If we are willing to do whatever it takes to find God, then we must quit commenting or reflecting upon what we see and experience. We need not name, judge, analyze, or think about what we experience; we can experience what is happening directly through sensory perception. We can quit fantasizing about how we think the world ought to be and bring ourselves back to the immediacy of its isness. We can learn to quit talking to ourselves by strongly focusing our attention upon what we are physically doing and what we are physically sensing during each moment of the day.

“Finally, we can quit attaching to ideas and images by learning how to watch them appear and disappear in silence. Just as we learned to divide the world into parts, we can also learn to put it back together again and see it again whole.”

 

–excerpt from Beyond Conceptual Thought by R. Harwood and Ven. Wonji Dharma


Who you are is enough

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Who you are, right now, sad or happy, is enough; it is the truth.

 

“So the real experience, beyond the dream world, is the beauty and color and excitement of the real experience of now in everyday life. When we face things as they are, we give up the hope of something better. There will be no magic, because we cannot tell ourselves to get out of our depression. Depression and ignorance, the emotions, whatever we experience, are all real and contain tremendous truth. If we really want to learn and see the experience of truth, we have to be where we are. The whole thing is just a matter of being a grain of sand.”

 

–Chogyam Trungpa, from Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism