We had an excellent open house with Barbara Bash last week, discussing heaven, earth, and humanity, writing spontaneous poems with that principle, and connecting it to the challenging time our community is going through.
- THE YOGA OF 'AT-ONE-MENT' -
[THE MEDITATION ON WATER AND ICE]
The second practice, the Identifying of Phenomena as Noumena, by means of the simile of water and ice, is according to the following meditation: Since all phenomena [or phenomenally appearing things] which arise present no reality in themselves, they are said to be of the noumena(1). Though not formed into anything, yet they give shape to everything. Thus it is that phenomena and noumena are ever in union(2), and said to be of one nature. They are, for example, like ice and water [two aspects of a single thing].
By that means, one cometh to know that the three dualities, Bliss and the Voidness, the Clear Light and the Voidness, Wisdom and the Voidness(3), are unities(4); and this is called 'The Realization of the At-one-ment of all Spiritual Experiences'.
It hath been said, 'If one hath fully understood, all things are the Thatness; None will discover anything other than the Thatness. What is read is the Thatness, what is memorized is the Thatness, And what is meditated upon is also the Thatness.'
1. In other words, they are of the Voidness regarded as the noumenal background or Source of the physical universe of phenomena.
2. Nothing in the whole range of Mahayanic symbolism has been more misunderstood by Europeans than the images of the Divine Father-Mother (Yab-Yum) in sexual union, which symbolize this unity of phenomena and noumena, as they do the unity of all dualities, including the highest duality conceivable, namely, that of the Sangsara and Nirvana.
3. In each duality the Voidness typifies the Noumenal Source whence arise all spiritual experiences, even the highest. The Bliss is the Bliss of Enlightenment; the Clear Light, the Inner Illumination; the Wisdom, the Divine Wisdom.
4. Or 'are in union', as symbolized by the corresponding yab-yum imagery.
🌸The Three Signs of Being🌸
(1) Change (2) Suffering (3) no 'I'
The first, Change, points out the basic fact that nothing in the world is fixed or permanent. We ourselves are not the same people, either physically, emotionally or mentally, that we were ten years - or even ten minutes ago! Living as we do, then, as shifting beings upon shifting sands, it is not possible for us to find lasting security.
As regards the second Sign, we have already seen how it was the experience of Suffering that sent the Buddha off on his great spiritual quest, though suffering is not a very good translation of the original word, dukkha. Dukkha implies the generally unsatisfactory and imperfect nature of life. However, it does not follow that Buddhists believe that life is all suffering. Buddhists do believe that there is happiness in life, but know that it does not last and that even in the most fortunate of lives there is suffering. Happiness is subject to the law of change and impermanence.
No-I, the third Sign, is a little more difficult.
Buddhists do not believe that there is anything everlasting or unchangeable in human beings, no soul or self in which a stable sense of 'I' might anchor itself. The whole idea of 'I' is in fact a basically false one that tries to set itself up in an unstable and temporary collection of elements. Take the traditional analogy of a cart. A cart may be broken down into its basic components -axle, wheels, shafts, sides, etc. Then the cart is no more; all we have is a pile of components. In the same way 'I' am made up of various elements or aggregates (khandhas): form (rupa-khandha), feeling-sensation (pleasant, unpleasant, neutral), (vedana-khandha), perception (sanna-khandha), volitional mental activities (sankhara-khandha), sense consciousness (vinnana-khandha).Cr: https://www.thebuddhistsociety.org/page/fundamental-teachings 🙏😇🌸#dharma#teaching#buddha#buddhateachings#buddhist#buddhism#humanbeing#human#dogood#secretoflife#calm#life#lifequotes#buddhaquotes#quotes#mindquotes#speakgood#thinkgood#philosophy#think#thoughts#spiritual#feel#consciousness#meditation#inspiration#inspirationalquotes 🌸🌿
May we be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions that blind us to true freedom, and may we achieve the same enlightened body, speech and mind that Tara represents, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings...
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Svaha !