What does it mean to be awake? To truly be in the present moment where the truth happening
Awareness is to be present in each moment and to accept each
moment exactly as it is. In order
to do this, your mind has to be tamed.
You place your mind and mindfulness to right here, right now.
Awakened means to have a view that is coming from the
universal truth of life and from the Universal perspective as Katagiri Roshi
would say. Out of emptiness or the
source of life, out of the dharma
position, each moment is born.
In order to come from this place, our personal desire systems and our
attachment to our personal stories have to be lessened. “To the minimum” as Katagiri Roshi
Katagiri Roshi –
“To learn the Way you
have to be learning about something that is larger than your little life. It is no small matter, it is
Right View comes from our understanding of Prajna or Wisdom.
Here are some of the important points of “coming from Wisdom”:
In the Three Dharma Seals, we learn to say “No” to our
mental constructions of
Permanence or solidity
Living as an isolated unit
Feeling that we are independent
We have to learn to come from a different point of view entirely. We have to say “yes” to systems
theory. That everything is working
in Total Dynamic Functioning or Zenki. Underneath our evaluations of good and
bad, right and wrong, underneath our personal desire system, the universe is
working in peace and harmony. It
is an expression of the simultaneity of the principles of emptiness or
interbeing, and karma or cause and effect. We hold the view that we can entrust ourselves to universe
life. With that sense of trust, we
can let go into presence or awakened awareness.
In the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing, this view
is brought forth in the Wisdom Tetrad.
Impermanence is the first contemplation. Then moving into the fading away of all dharmas which
relates to No Self and No Form of the Three Doors of Liberation. Releasing our very constricted view of
life into more openness and interdependence. Boundary-less-ness.
Cessation is a word that has been hard to grasp. I think it begins with learning to “go
beyond thought”. It is stopping
our over-working minds. Sometimes
I just say, “Stop” to myself. Stop
and come back to now. In this
regard, I have been working with the duality of production and
non-production. We human beings,
love to produce. Look around us. Civilizations, skyscrapers, arts and
culture, wars. All an expression
of our desires and their manifestations.
But few of us know how to truly stop, rest and be silent. For a harmonious life, this activity
and resting needs to be balancing each other, dynamically working
together. Our activity pushes us
to the point where we need to rest.
When we rest, we cannot stay there forever or we die. Our resting in non-producing,
rejuvenates back into activity.
Part of the emphasis on meditation practice is to truly learn how to
non-produce. Not to produce with
the activity of our bodies, and not to produce with our conceptualization, our
minds. Just to be quiet and to
merge and let go, trust, the universal inter-being.
Putting this all together, we can rest in Presence. If there can be a goal in a no-goal
situation it is to Rest in Presence. To bring Awakened Awareness to all our moments. The more we practice as in practice/realization,
we can hold the larger view more and more as we go through our day. Our concentration and mindfulness is
strong enough that it is not even distracted by activity. We can do our human activity and our daily
life, gone beyond individualized consciousness. That is what makes the great spiritual heroes of our time.
From Katagiri Roshi:
Our practice is to
manifest perfect tranquility within each form our everyday life takes – getting
up in the morning, having breakfast, going to work, walking down the street,
and so on.
Take care of each
moment and return to the source.
Take care of each
moment from a universal perspective.
It’s completely beyond
good or bad, right or wrong.
So put aside all kinds
of imaginations, fabricated by your consciousness.
Don’t attach to
thoughts and emotions; just return to emptiness.
Just be present there
and swim in Buddha Nature.
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