“The most powerful path of the Vajrayana world and the whole of the Buddhist world is right here in our ordinary life.
Meditation brings the wisdom of a Buddha. Although we use the term “bring,” meditation is not actually bringing anything; it is simply uncovering. The whole purpose of the nine-yana path is to uncover. Paradoxically, we are uncovering the uncovered nature. In reality, it has never been covered because ego never truly existed in the first place….
“Great perfection” means “perfect in its own state.” The path is perfect the way it is. For example, in searching for a method that we can use to work with a painful emotion that we may be experiencing, we do not have to go outside that raw experience. The antidote is already there, within the experience itself; or, as we often say, “The answer lies within the question.” Thus, the path is perfect as it is, and the naked experience of the emotions is perfectly enlightened right from the beginning…
The first step of Madhyamaka analysis is to see the differences between the basis of the label and the label itself, or between the basis of the label and labeling processes of mind. As a result of this analysis, we can see that the basis of the label is not label. The basis is free from any label, free from the labeling process, and free from any conceptual theory….
The yoga of one-taste refers to the experience of appearance and mind. At this stage, there is no difference between our outer appearances and the inner consciousness that perceives these forms. There is a sense of penetrating the depths of duality, transforming it, and seeing the non-dual nature of our minds. That is called “one taste.” There is not one taste for whatever is designated as an “object” and a different taste for whatever is designated as a “subject.”
“Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Form is no other than emptiness, and emptiness is no other than form.”
At a fundamental level, there is no difference between the experience of darkness and the experience of light because, in both of these states, there is a sense of great space. That space is Shunyata. That space is emptiness. That space is egolessness. When the luminosity joins this space, the space becomes very vivid to us; it becomes completely one with the light. At that moment, we do not first see something called light, which is solid like an ice cube, and then see the space, somewhere outside in the darkness. It is not like that. When the light joins the space, the space becomes light and light becomes space. They do not have individual identities. Space and luminosity, or awareness, do not care about their identities as much as we do.
If we push through the relative experience of subjective thought and reconnect with our bodies—the unquestionable experience of basic awareness that manifests as a bouquet of aromas, forms, textures, flavors, melodies, emotions, and thoughts —we will rediscover a spacious environment that facilitates the spontaneous expression of basic intelligence. That is, a basic experience free of division, therefore devoid of conflict. All forms of division are but a symptom of the principle division between mind and body. This division is a side effect of a misunderstanding, namely the belief in a conceptual-self localized in the dome of our skull. Reconcile that division in the singularity of basic awareness, and watch as the network of thought that establishes dissatisfaction come tumbling down like a house of cards. ~from Remember The Body. Touch The Earth. Heal Wounds. by Ben Riggs
In the video below, Alan Watts elaborates on this basic experience of mind, and, as a usual, he brings a great deal of insight to bear on the issue. Awesome video!
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