January 30, 2005

Gampopa, Mohammad, Omar and Tony Blair

All beings have buddha nature.
BUT only a certain type of person has the ready basis in order to take advantage of that and connsumate their inner freedom.
Which ones? Only those who....
Have time and capability and a good situation, like living in a free country, getting the teachings, etc., (10 freedoms)
AND have a trusting, longing and clear faith (aspiration and 27 aspects of intutive faith)
Have the basics which would allow for the path of this greatest of accomplishments.

(in DogZen, you got to have these things if you want to progress and join the party.)

When Mohammad and Omar from Iraq the Model expressed their wish for freedom recently, they were accused by the New York Times of being agents of the CIA . The mainstream press is strongly emphasizing death and individual protection and is ignoring sacrifice and aspiration. Why is it that you don't seem to get this aspiration for freedom thing? Why would you think it's an option?

A speech by Tony Blair follows. Mr. Blair, seems to think that freedoms and conditions are worth fighting for. What don't you understand about sacrifice and freedom?
This is the right use of "Speech".

January 28, 2005

Are You Helping With This?

Right use of will,
Creative Use of Thought
Rejoicing
The New Iraq
First Free Election in 50 Years
Freedom to Learn Higher Teachings

For example, you can get the feel of real Iraqi attitudes instead of press bias.
"Hammorabi".
"Iraq the Model".
"and this".

The tendency is to go on in the dullness of believing in your current reality, so the constant search for truth is invaluable in countering that.

January 25, 2005

Echos of Compassion

On Another's Sorrow
by William Blake

"Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief?

Can I see a falling tear,
And not feel my sorrow's share?
Can a father see his child
Weep, nor be with sorrow filled?

Can a mother sit and hear
An infant groan, an infant fear?
No, no! never can it be!
Never, never can it be!

And can He who smiles on all
Hear the wren with sorrows small,
Hear the small bird's grief and care,
Hear the woes that infants bear --

And not sit beside the next,
Pouring pity in their breast,
And not sit the cradle near,
Weeping tear on infant's tear?

And not sit both night and day,
Wiping all our tears away?
Oh no! never can it be!
Never, never can it be!

He doth give his joy to all:
He becomes an infant small,
He becomes a man of woe,
He doth feel the sorrow too.

Think not thou canst sigh a sigh,
And thy Maker is not by:
Think not thou canst weep a tear,
And thy Maker is not near?

Oh He gives to us his joy,
That our grief He may destroy:
Till our grief is fled an gone
He doth sit by us and moan."

NOTE: William Blake has a profound understanding of deity. Can anyone explain what is of paticular interest in the last verse? Its shocking how similar the tone is to "If There's No Tear", by an unknown dogzen poet.

January 14, 2005

A DogZen Simpleton's Instructions: The Actual Practice of Dzogchen ––– January 14, 2005

If you want to learn the meaning of Dzogchen and get its benefits
You will have to overcome your twisting of the Dharma, spirituality and everything else.
You should understand:
It’s going to take an organized and ongoing effort,
Until the dam of artificiality breaks free.

Here goes:
When you hear about looking into your mind, no matter where it comes from,
Just go ahead and do it.

At first glance, whatever mind is, for sure you see thoughts and feelings.
You don’t know what you are doing; it's okay.
There are thoughts and feelings.

Just for now, forget about the word “mind” and just look at those thoughts and feelings that you see   When you tried to find the mind.
Focus on “what thoughts are”
Look in your mind for the answer, don’t look at me or your memory.
You must focus, look directly and observe the thinking.

This looking at thoughts and wondering what they are must continue
Until you are fully confident that thinking
Is utterly and completely unlimited in its potential seeming situations and formulations.

This process of getting used to knowing this takes a length of time to incorporate.
My suggestion is to forget about goofy meditating and just do this!

If you do what I said and keep going, at some point
An unquestionable confidence in how thoughts and emotions exist will arise,
Each thought, limited and impermanent,
And its rising knowledge will change you in a big way.
You will know that you could be thinking anything, anywhere, anytime! Wowie!
There are ultimately no governors that control what you can think or feel.