As we practice, we begin to change our basis of operation in
our minds. We practice interrupting
our self-centered desire system that produces our decisions and actions and
open up to a mind-ground that has quite a different perspective. As our understanding of the truth of
reality opens, our minds can be connected to the universal mind as we function
in the world of form.
Acknowledging the needs and functioning of the conventional world, we
begin to behave in our ordinary lives with a consistent connection to universal
A tall order?
Yes, indeed, but this is the practice. It requires very strong concentration and mindfulness, to
see emptiness and impermanence in each moment. In the Tibetan lingo, this is
called “automatic emptiness”. Ironically and
simultaneously, we take loving care of the form or mental state that appears in
each moment. This is
wholeheartedly embracing the totality of our life. The universal perspective and the unique specificity of each
moment meet and express life.
First, we have to make a connection to the universal
mind-ground. That is why we
emphasis zazen or meditation.
Through quieting our discursive mind, we can begin to feel the
mind-ground of all beings and all places.
To really feel or know the universal mind-ground, there are
subtle practices that help us discern when we are still attaching to a view and
clouding this clear, open, unencumbered Mind.
There are three differentiated practices, I have learned
from Dan Brown.
1. Ever-present awakeness, boundless, and
Ever-present, right here and now, there is no
where we need to go or something we need to find in order to connect with it.
Awakeness – open your eyes and heart to this
very moment which requires an ability to concentrate without mental
Boundless – we learn to not compartmentalize
life in terms of space. There is
no isolated unit such as the body that is separated from our inter-being or
Timeless – again we learn not to compartmentalize
life in terms of time. Past, present and future, all centralize around
now. There is no other time
besides now and now doesn’t have boundaries.
Ever-present, awakeness, boundless, timeless, AND non-dual
No preferences, we call this in Zen. All the opposites, equally express
suchness, emptiness and unbounded openness.
No state is more important than another state – There
is an equality to phenomena.
There is no differentiation between something
that is high or superior and another something that is low and ordinary.
awakeness, boundless, timeless, non-dual AND
no longer individual consciousness
Seeing things as coming from the seeds in the
alaya-vijnaya or storehouse consciousness.
We do not see our life from Manas – our
individualized desire system. We can see things from universal consciousness
and not twist reality around an idea of a centralized self.
When I feel stuck or contracted by the story of the present
moment, I just practice saying the word,
“Timeless” or “no individual consciousness” or “no preferences, welcome
this just as it is” and observe if there are changes in my mind and body by
making this slight shift of focus.
Then, we must practice this over and over, until this is done with ease
and no effort. It becomes
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